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Top Bush lawyer tried to ‘ship out’ gay employees to Detroit: (See photo)

Via: Raw Story

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The former head of the Office of Special Counsel “wanted to ‘ship out’” ALL the agency’s gay employees to Detroit, according to a government report released Wednesday.

Special Counsel Scott Bloch, who served under the Bush administration from 2003 to 2007, established a field office in Detroit and reassigned several gay employees to the new location. But there is no evidence that those reassignments “were taken for a legitimate business purpose of the agency,” according to the report released by Inspector General Patrick McFarland.

“Mr. Bloch and his immediate staff offered an array of ostensible explanations [for the reassignments] in press releases, Congressional testimony, and interviews with the investigative team, seeking to link the reassignments to the bona fide operational needs of the agency,” the report stated. “However, our investigation developed evidence which tended to undermine the proffered explanations.”

The report suggests the reassignments were instead based on anti-gay sentiments.

Richard Trefry, a government contractor, told investigators that Bloch “spontaneously explained” his desire to “ship out” a number of gay employees. Bloch allegedly told him he “HAD A LICENSE TO DO THIS.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/19/top-bush-lawyer-tried-to-ship-out-gay-employees-to-detroit-report/

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NO, NO, I DON’T.

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December 20, 2013 Posted by | GOP morons, President Bush | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fast Food joint pays $12 per hour – ‘the way it should be!’

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Via: The Daily Beast

On Thursday I called one of Moo Cluck Moo’s founders and owners, Harry Moorhouse, to find out why he pays what he pays and how he makes it work. Moorhouse, who cops to being in his 60s and has worked in business development for a bunch of corporations, and his partner, Brian Parker, had a simple idea: affordable burgers and chicken sandwiches made out of quality ingredients and pitched to working-class customers. Working with their friend, chef Jimmy Schmidt, who was a columnist for Gannett newspapers, they came up with a brief, basic menu with a slight twist: natural beef, no hormones, sunflower oil for frying. And pay would start at $12 an hour. “I wasn’t tuned in to the whole living-wage movement.” Moorhouse told me. “We just felt that, for a variety of reasons, it was the right thing to do.”

Given the dire employment situation in the Detroit area, Moo Cluck Moo could easily have staffed up paying minimum wage.

But the founders think that, as in many other realms, you get what you pay for when it comes to labor. “What we found is that they are much more tuned in to their jobs,” Moorhouse said of his staff of 12. “They work a lot more efficiently. They take direction pretty easily.” Given raises, he says the average wages at Moo Cluck Moo, where hamburgers start at $3 and chicken sandwiches go for $5, are about $14 per hour.

“Quite frankly, these people work really hard, and a lot of them are really talented—they just haven’t gone to the University of Michigan, for a variety of reasons.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/02/a-fast-food-joint-thrives-even-by-paying-12-an-hour.html

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The single outpost doesn’t do breakfast, doesn’t have tables or a drive-through, and completes about 130 to 150 transactions a day. It is on track to notch sales of between $700,000 and $800,000 annually, which is somewhat less than a typical McDonald’s in the area. It’s also profitable. “We’re paying all the bills out of the cash register,” Moorhouse said. The company is looking at a location for a second unit.

Moorhouse says he believes he can turn a profit on low costs and higher wages because he has a different business model than the giants. “We don’t have a corporate overhead, and our CEO isn’t making $50 million a year,” he said.

August 3, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2 of 2 – GM to ADD 2,000 Jobs in Michigan

Via: Detroit News

General Motors Co. and the state announced Monday that GM will create 2,000  new jobs in Michigan, beginning with up to 1,500 at a new information technology  innovation center in Warren.

It’s unclear where GM would add the other 500 jobs, but the state says the  innovation center is the first of three projects the company will announce.

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Thirty percent or more of those 1,500 hires could be recent college graduates,  as GM plans a large recruiting initiative with southeastern Michigan colleges  and universities, Mott said.

He expects some people who left Michigan for other  jobs will return for the new opportunities.

Read more, HERE: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121008/AUTO0103/210080340#ixzz28q999Oc0

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October 10, 2012 Posted by | 2012, President Obama, Romney | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1 of 2 – ‘Let Detroit Go Bankrupt’ – Mitt Romney

NYT Op-Ed – November 18, 2008

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/19/opinion/19romney.html

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October 10, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, President Obama, Romney | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Detroit – Image Gallery

Via: Shorpy – ‘Always Something Interesting’

‘Traffic at 5:30 on 2nd Avenue at West Grand Boulevard, Detroit. July 1942.’

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See more images of Detroit, Michigan; HERE:

http://www.shorpy.com/image/tid/246

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>>> “It’s halftime in America and our second half’s about to begin” <<<

https://seattle98.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/karl-rove-offended-by-uncontroversial-ad-promoting-major-american-company/

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personal thought:

Thank You Mister President for saving Chrysler and General Motors; thus, giving the ‘Great City of Detroit’, a chance to come back.

RE-ELECT Obama/Biden!

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May 25, 2012 Posted by | American photoghaphers, President Obama, U.S. Cities | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Auto bailout saved 1.45 million jobs

Via: NYT

The American economy was terrifyingly close to the brink in 2008 and 2009, and the impending collapse of General Motors and Chrysler threatened to be the final push. When the companies begged the federal government to save them from financial catastrophe, President George W. Bush and later President Obama ignored strong Republican objections, saving a signature American industry and the whole country from an even deeper crash.

Four years later, there are 1.45 million people who are working as a direct result of the $80 billion bailout, according to the nonpartisan Center for Automotive Research, both at the carmakers and associated businesses downstream in the economy. Michigan’s unemployment level is at its lowest level in three years. G.M. is again the world’s biggest automaker, and both companies are reporting substantial profits.

And yet Mitt Romney, along with the other Republican presidential candidates, has spent the days before the Michigan primary denouncing the bailout that has rescued his native state. Mr. Romney has been especially vociferous in his insistence that he would have allowed the carmakers to go bankrupt, and said he believes they could somehow have clawed their way back to profitability without a dollar of federal assistance.

“The president tells us that without his intervention things in Detroit would be worse,” he wrote recently in The Detroit News. “I believe that without his intervention things there would be better.”

This critique is detached from reality.

Steven Rattner, who was Mr. Obama’s lead auto adviser, wrote in The Times on Friday that not a single dollar of private capital could be found to prop up the companies, despite desperate efforts, and he challenged Mr. Romney to name one investor who might differ.

The Detroit News, which otherwise enthusiastically endorsed Mr. Romney in the primary, said he was dead wrong about the bailout.

 ONLY the GOVERNMENT was in a position to save the auto industry from “the DARKEST HOUR of its HISTORY,” the newspaper’s editorial board wrote.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/opinion/sunday/a-million-jobs.html?_r=2&ref=opinion

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Do the Right Thing – Re-elect Obama/Biden!

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February 27, 2012 Posted by | 2012, President Obama, Romney | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Karl Rove ‘Offended’ By Uncontroversial Ad Promoting Major American Company

Via: Wonkette

Tucked amid the Stupor Bowl teevee commercials for naked chocolate candies, cheesy salt chips, war pornography, and the latest domestic water-beers was this one featuring old Clint Eastwood, the next Bat-Man, scouring stadium catacombs for the The Joker or maybe the Taco Bell.

“It’s halftime in America and our second half’s about to begin,” he says, to cringes everywhere.

But the ad’s main point is just “Hey let’s hope the Chrysler car company gets back on its feet.”

Sure, that sounds fine!

Unless you’re known anus Karl Rove, who is offended by Eastwood’s hope for the recovery of one of America’s large companies.

http://wonkette.com/462515/karl-rove-offended-by-uncontroversial-ad-promoting-major-american-company#more-462515

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personal thought:

Next years Super Bowl: I’m a die hard Seahawk Fan, but if the Lions win the NFC/Super Bowl; hey, that would be cool!

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February 7, 2012 Posted by | 2012, celebs, Fox news, GOP morons, President Obama | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Koran-Burning Pastor’s Gun Discharges Outside of Detroit TV Station

photo: Islamic Center of America – Dearborn, Michigan

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Via: Fox News

Police were called Thursday night after Koran-burning pastor Terry Jones accidentally discharged his firearm in the parking lot of a television station, where he had just conducted an interview, MyFoxDetroit.com reported.

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“He claims it was fired by accident. The shot went into the floorboard of his car. No one was hurt. Police on scene.”

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The Florida pastor plans to hold a demonstration in Detroit on Friday (day of prayer) outside the biggest mosque in the United States to protest Islamic law.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/04/22/koran-burning-pastors-gun-discharges-outside-detroit-tv-station/

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April 23, 2011 Posted by | Jones, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(2 of 2) Detroit early 21st Century

‘Detroit’s Population Drops To Lowest Leven In 1oo Years’

Detroit’s population dropped 25 percent over the last decade to its lowest level in a century, according to U.S. Census figures released on Tuesday.

The city’s population fell to 713,777 last year from 951,270 in 2000 when the last census was taken as the region suffered from a struggling automotive industry, plant closures and job losses.

Detroit’s 2010 population compares to 1.85 million people living in the “Motor City” in 1950 and was the lowest total since the 1910 Census showed a population of 285,704.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/22/detroits-population-drops_n_839225.html

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‘Haunting Images of Detroit’s Decline’

A new book called Ruins of Detroit displays Detroit’s downtown landmarks in decay: Abandoned hotels, houses and schools line the streets as a reminder of the city’s economic downfall over the past century. The devastation takes on an eerie beauty, as captured by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre.

The photographs show once-lively structures of an American city, now remembered by its remains.

While Detroit’s official unemployment rate has rebounded to 12 percent from a high of 15.7 percent in October of 2009, the state’s economy is nowhere near healed. As the Wall Street Journal recently pointed out, the state’s jobless rate is falling at the fastest pace in the nation — but that doesn’t equate to job growth. A state agency told the WSJ the decline “primarily reflected a reduction in the number of unemployed individuals seeking jobs.”

The entire collection of photos can be found in the Ruins of Detroit book, or at Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre Photography

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March 23, 2011 Posted by | U.S. Cities | , , , , | Leave a comment

(1 of 2) Detroit – early 20th century

Historic photos via Shorpy, “Always something interesting”

http://www.shorpy.com/

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1913. “Dime, Penobscot, and Ford buildings.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Detroit, Michigan, circa 1915. “Old Central High School.” Now Wayne State University’s “Old Main.” Detroit Publishing Company.

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Detroit, Michigan, circa 1915. “Old Central High School.” Now Wayne State University’s “Old Main.” Detroit Publishing Company.

March 23, 2011 Posted by | U.S. Cities | , , , , | Leave a comment