Weather Bulletin: Message from Michigan




MICHIGANERS ARE A LESSON IN HUMANITY AND REALITY

Emergency
Weather Bulletin


This text is from a county emergency manager out in the western part of the
Upper Peninsula of Michigan after a severe snow storm …
The Mining Journal,Marquette, MI


WEATHER BULLETIN


Up here in the Northern part of Michigan we just recovered from a Historic event
— may I even say a "Weather Event" of "Biblical Proportions"
— with a historic blizzard of up to 44" inches of snow and winds to 90
MPH that broke trees in half, knocked down utility poles, stranded hundreds
of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed ALL roads, isolated scores of communities
and cut power to 10’s of thousands.

FYI: Obama did not come. FEMA did nothing. No one howled for the government.
No one blamed the government. No one even uttered an expletive on TV. Jesse
Jackson or Al Sharpton did not visit. Our Mayor’s did not blame Obama or anyone
else. Our Governor did not blame Obama or anyone else either. CNN, ABC, CBS,
FOX, or NBC did not visit – or even report on this category 5 snow storm.

 

Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards.
No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House.
No one looted.
Nobody – I mean Nobody demanded the government do something.
Nobody expected the government to do anything either.
No Larry King, No Bill O’Rielly, No Oprah, No Chris Mathews and No Geraldo Rivera.
No Shaun Penn, No Barbara Striesand,
No Brad Pitts, No Hollywood types to be found.

Nope, we just melted the snow for water.Sent out caravans of SUV’s to pluck
people out of snow engulfed cars. The truck drivers pulled people out of snow
banks and didn’t ask for a penny. Local restaurants made food, and the police
and fire departments delivered it to the snow bound families.. Families took
in the stranded people – total strangers.


We fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Coleman lanterns.
We put on an extra layers of clothes because up here it is "Work or Die".
We did not wait for some affirmative action government to get us out of a mess
created by being immobilized by a welfare program that trades votes for ‘sittin
at home’ checks. Even though a Category 5 blizzard of this scale is not usual,
we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves.

I hope this gets passed on.
Maybe …..
SOME people will get the message ……
The world does NOT owe you a living.



Quote of the Day:Congressman Ron Paul

“It has been argued that full disclosure of details of funding facilities like TALF and PDCF, that enabled massive bailouts of Wall Street, would damage the financial position of those firms and destabilize the economy. In other words, if the American people knew how rotten the books were at those banks and how terribly they messed up, they would never willingly invest in them, and they would fail. Failure is not an option for friends of the Fed. Therefore, the funds must be stolen from the people in the dark of night. This is not how a free country works. This is not how free markets work. That is crony corporatism and instead of being a force for economic stabilization, it totally undermines it.” — Congressman Ron Paul

California: Oakland Voters Approve Nation’s First Marijuana Business Tax

Oakland, CA: Municipal voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the nation’s first ever business tax on retail marijuana sales.

Approximately 80 percent of Oakland voters approved the new tax (which appeared on the ballot as Measure F), which imposes an additional tax for “cannabis businesses” of $18 for every $1,000 of gross receipts beginning January 1, 2010.

Presently, Oakland’s medicinal cannabis dispensaries are taxed at the same rate as other retail sales businesses ($60 per year for the $50,000 of gross receipts, plus $1.20 for each additional $100,000).

Four dispensaries are licensed by the Oakland City Council to sell and dispense medical marijuana.

According to a financial analysis by the Oakland City Auditor, Oakland’s new cannabis business tax will generate an estimated $300,000 in additional annual tax revenue. Other proponents have estimated that the new tax could yield up to a million dollars yearly.

Representatives from the Oakland City Council, the California Nurses Association, and the dispensary community publicly advocated for the new tax, which had no formal opposition.

“The passage of this first-in-the-nation tax further legitimizes cannabis-based enterprises in Oakland and elsewhere,” NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said. These outlets are contributing to the health and welfare of their local communities, both socially and now economically. At a time when many municipalities are strapped for tax revenues and cutting public services it is likely that public officials in other cities will begin considering similar proposals.”

City officials in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Berkeley may also impose a cannabis-business tax on certain retail dispensaries.

For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500, or Dale Gieringer, California NORML Coordinator at: (415) 563-5858.

NO NEW TAXES!!! We need to Re Appropriate the Money that is already Budgeted!

There is a tremendous amount of bloat and corruption within the existing budget agenda.

A series of Tax cuts are in order, combined with the elimination of programs which are outmoded and subsidize bloated federal departments and agencies. A call is made for full formal review and revision and or abolition.