Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cocktails & Popcorn: Bill Wild Made The Ballot

Image result for cocktails and popcornOn this exciting episode of Cocktails & Popcorn, the Wayne County Clerk, Cathy Garrett, has basically deemed, waiting on the official announcement, that Bill Wild is on the ballot.

Now, let us take a look at the ballot.

On August 7, 2018 there will be two elections: one special election to finish out the 13th Congressional District for the U.S. House of Representatives, and, one traditional election for the primary.

So, let us take a look at what the special election candidate will win:
  • According to the calendar of the Clerk of the House, Karen Haas, and my calculations, the winner will have a window of less than 8 days of in House (not in District) Session for the 115th Congress to be sworn in, run downstairs to the basement of the Rayburn Building to the congressional shop and buy up a bunch of lapel pins and other congressional souvenirs to pass out and photo ops for their congressional run in 2020;
  • A swearing in ceremony that will not be very ceremonial, because that is alot of money to spend for an even smaller window opening event of the aforementioned 8 days of reign in D.C.;
  • Bragging rights of being the one who replaced Conyers; and, 
  • Recipient of a federal subpoena. (Oops, je dit une bêtise).
As for the General Election for the 116th Congressional Seat for the Michigan District, the candidates will be running on the substantive policy platform of "replacing Conyers".

Oh, and they shall receive a federal subpoena, too.

I have popcorn.  

Do you?

Clerk's staff: Bill Wild should get ballot spot for Congress

Westland Mayor Bill Wild qualifies for the congressional race to replace former U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., according to Wayne County elections staff that conducted a review of Wild's nominating petitions.

Clerk Cathy Garrett is expected to make a final decision within two days, after her Elections Division staff on Wednesday recommended that Wild get a spot on the Aug. 7 Democratic primary ballot in the 13th District.

A spokesman for Wild's campaign said they were pleased with the recommendation. 
"We are going to continue to work hard to get our message out to the people of the 13th Congressional District," Wild spokesman Mario Morrow said.

"Our goal is to win and bring stability, economic development and jobs home with integrity and hard work."

The review by the clerk's office was prompted by a formal petition challenge filed by Democratic activist Michael Gilmore, who was previously a candidate in the race but withdrew last month and endorsed Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones.

I wonder if he was promised a bottomless bucket of fried shrimp, too.

Gilmore had alleged that certain petition circulators for Wild were not residents of Michigan and that signatories were registered to vote outside of the district, among other technical violations.

The staff review deemed invalid 113 of the 693 signatures that Gilmore challenged, but still found another 1,251 valid signatures among the 1,671 that Wild submitted.

Congressional candidates need 1,000 valid signatures to qualify under state law, and so Wild's petition should be deemed “sufficient,” staff said.

"If that’s what they’ve come out with, then so be it," Gilmore said Wednesday.

Gilmore said he had heard Wild was paying circulators a higher-than-usual rate per signature, which made him suspect there might be discrepancies in his petitions.

"I started the process when I was still in the race and have since withdrawn from the race, but decided just for the sake of democracy to continue the challenge of his petitions," he said.
Gilmore stressed that his challenge of Wild's petitions was not at Jones' request.

"That was totally of my own volition," he added.

The 13th District Democratic primary is overflowing with political newcomers and veteran lawmakers vying to succeed Conyers, who held the seat for more than 50 years.

The district includes parts of Detroit and western Wayne County.

Other candidates include former state Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Shanelle Jackson, Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones and state Sens. Ian Conyers and Coleman Young III. The winner of the primary takes the seat, as no Republican is on the ballot.

Garrett on Monday denied Conyers' 27-year-old son a place on the primary ballot after a similar petition review by her staff.

The former congressman had endorsed John Conyers III to take his old seat when he resigned in December amid allegations of sexual misconduct from former aides.

A review by Garrett’s staff had invalidated hundreds of petition signatures submitted by Conyers III to qualify as a candidate for a full two-year term that begins in January and, separately, for the special election to complete the current term vacated by his father. 

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A Parent Has A Dream: The End Of Trafficking Tiny Humans

One day, the world will stop trafficking tiny humans.

A parent should always have a dream because dreams do come true.

What would you do if your child was Legally Kidnapped, because it can happen to you.

Have a great day!

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Call For Special Prosecutor To Investigate The Special Prosecutor

Oh, they spied on more than just Trump, trust me on this one.

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An Authority Or Child Welfare: Which Fraud Came First In Wayne County?

Well. If Matt Schneider is going to go after public corruption in Wayne County, I truly hope he applies the same methodology to the other side of the Wayne County Airport Authority, which just so happens to be Child Welfare, which just so happens to be much worse.

Feds: Detroit airport manager took bribes, ate evidence

Detroit — A former Detroit Metropolitan Airport official was indicted in federal court Wednesday on charges he pocketed more than $5 million in bribes and tried to cover up the crime by eating evidence.

Former airport utilities and infrastructure manager James Warner, 51, of Commerce Township, is the third person charged in a widening bribery investigation involving an airport that has been a recurring setting for corruption scandals in recent years. The money Warner received amounts to one of the largest bribery cases prosecuted by the local U.S. Attorney's Office, which has sent ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and dozens of others to prison for corruption in recent years.

Federal agents have seized $11.4 million during the investigation, including $7.5 million from one contractor and $3.9 million from Warner, who was suspended Wednesday from his job in the West Bloomfield Township water and sewer department.

"Our citizens are entitled to decisions based on the best interests of the public, not the best interests of corrupt public officials and bribe-paying contractors," U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said in a statement Wednesday.

Warner was charged with conspiracy, theft, bribery, money laundering and obstruction of justice during a seven-year stretch of corruption that spanned work at the airport and as a water and sewer official for West Bloomfield Township. If convicted, Warner could spend more than 20 years in federal prison.

He was arraigned late Wednesday in federal court and released on $10,000 unsecured bond.His lawyer did not respond to multiple messages seeking comment.

Warner had the power to approve and extend maintenance projects funded through the Wayne County Airport Authority from 2010 to 2014.

He ruled with a salty tongue and his hand out, according to federal prosecutors.

"If it weren't for me, your ass would be out," Warner told one contractor, according to the indictment.
That contractor, authorities allege, was Gary Tenaglia, 64, of Rochester, who was charged last month and accused of defrauding the Wayne County Airport Authority of $1.5 million.

During one dinner, Warner and Tenaglia discussed contracts and kickbacks, prosecutors said.

"During the meal, James Warner wrote '5k,' a proposed kickback amount, on a napkin," prosecutors wrote in the indictment. "He folded it and slid it across the table to Gary Tenaglia. After Gary Tenaglia acknowledged the meaning of the writing on the napkin, James Warner retrieved the napkin and ate it."

The indictment was filed one day after prosecutors charged airport contractor William Pritula, 69, of Romulus with federal program bribery, a 10-year felony.

In exchange for offering bribes, Pritula received contracts worth more than $18 million during a four-year period, according to the indictment.

Tenaglia and Pritula are expected to plead guilty.

Pritula owned and operated Pritula and Sons, a firm that won contracts to repair and replace pavement at the airport and contracts to repair water mains and install fire hydrants from 2003 to 2014.

Starting in May 2010, Pritula conspired with Warner and others to steal money from federally funded programs and commit bribery, prosecutors said.

Warner provided confidential and proprietary information that helped Pritula win airport contracts, according to the indictment.

Warner created phony invoices on behalf of the contractor’s company that “grossly inflated the cost and scope” of Pritula’s work, the government alleged.

In return, Pritula paid kickbacks to the airport official, prosecutors said.

In September 2013, for example, Warner submitted a $938,000 invoice to the airport authority for work that cost $275,000, according to the indictment.

Days later, Pritula’s firm paid Warner $397,372 and the airport official deposited the money in his bank account.

In less than a year, Warner received more than $573,000 from Pritula’s company, prosecutors allege.
Warner also supervised work by Tenaglia’s firm, Envision Electric, which had contracts to maintain airport parking structures from May 2011 to June 2014.

Warner fabricated reviews of Envision’s work and concealed mistakes made by the company, according to the indictment.

In exchange, Warner demanded kickbacks, prosecutors said.

Warner told Tenaglia he needed to pay kickbacks “to be a part of the ‘brotherhood’ at the airport,” prosecutors allege.

"The allegations against James Warner cheating the citizens of Wayne County are distressing to the many men and women working hard every day with integrity and commitment to protect those public funds provided for infrastructure development,” Timothy Slater, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit field division, said in a statement.

Warner left the airport authority in August 2014. In January 2017, he started working for the West Bloomfield Township water and sewer department as a project manager with a $74,027 salary.
"Within months, Warner proposed to Tenaglia a continuation of the same scheme the two had at the airport— a demand for 10 percent of each invoice West Bloomfield Township paid Tenaglia," prosecutors alleged.

The township suspended Warner with pay Wednesday, Supervisor Steven Kaplan told The News.
Kaplan said he is unaware whether the township was defrauded and that Warner did not have access to money or township checks.

“I think it’s doubtful,” Kaplan said. “He was low in the chain of employees. We had no reason to know or suspect that he might have been involved in skulduggery during his Wayne County employment. Although we recognize he’s presumed to be innocent, the allegation involving West Bloomfield is very disturbing."

Warner also was charged with obstructing justice because prosecutors said he altered a document provided to the FBI during the investigation.

The airport has periodically been embroiled in corruption investigations.

Airport authority CEO Turkia Mullin, a former Wayne County economic development chief, was fired in 2011 after the FBI served subpoenas demanding information about a nonprofit she ran and deals she engineered for the county.

Mullin was never charged with a crime.

The investigation coincided with a probe of then-Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, who lost re-election in August 2014.

Ficano was never charged with a crime and said federal investigators wrote him a letter after the three-year investigation declaring that he was "never a target" of the probe.

In 2004, former top airport official Wilbourne Kelley III and his wife, Barbara, were convicted of accepting cash, home improvements and other gifts from former airport contractor Frank Vallecorsa. They were sentenced to 44 months and 41 months in prison, respectively.

Kelley was the only official sent to prison as a result of an FBI investigation of Wayne County government under Edward H. McNamara, the late political boss.

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$10 Million Reasons Why The Stormy Daniels Case Is Going To Get Juicier

I do believe that Avenatti will become a bit more aggressive in his legal advocacy.

Judge orders law firm of Stormy Daniels’ lawyer to pay $10M

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge in California ordered a law firm linked to Stormy Daniels’ attorney to pay $10 million on Tuesday to a lawyer who claimed that the firm had misstated its profits and that he was owed millions.

The judgment came after Jason Frank, who used to work at Eagan Avenatti, alleged that that the law firm failed to pay a $4.85 million settlement he had reached in December. He said in court papers that the settlement was personally guaranteed by Michael Avenatti, who has garnered national attention as the attorney for Daniels, the porn actress who is suing President Donald Trump following an alleged 2006 affair.
Frank had worked at Avenatti’s firm under an independent contractor agreement and was supposed to collect 25 percent of the firm’s annual profits, along with 20 percent of fees his clients paid, according to court documents. He resigned in May 2016 after alleging that the firm didn’t pay him millions of dollars that he was owed, misstated the firm’s profits and wouldn’t provide copies of tax returns and other financial documents.

After he resigned, Frank brought the case to a panel of arbitrators, who found that the firm “acted with malice, fraud, and oppression by hiding its revenue numbers,” according to a copy of the arbitration report included in court documents.

In December, Frank settled with Avenatti’s firm for a total of $4.85 million, which was supposed to include an initial $2 million payment and then a second payment for $2.85 million. The $2 million payment was supposed to be made by May 14, but Avenatti and his firm never paid, Frank said in court papers.

The settlement agreement included a clause that the firm couldn’t oppose a request for a $10 million judgment if the settlement payments weren’t made within three days of the due date. Frank did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment on Tuesday.

The judgment is final and cannot be appealed, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Catherine Bauer said in her ruling.

Court records in the bankruptcy proceeding also show Avenatti had personally agreed to pay about $2.4 million in back taxes and penalties. During Tuesday’s hearing, an assistant U.S. attorney said Avenatti had not made a payment that was due last week for unpaid taxes as part of the agreement that was reached in January.

Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, said lawyers from that office represent the government in bankruptcy court when there’s a debt to a government agency, like back taxes or unpaid student loans.

Avenatti told The Associated Press that he would not discuss “irrelevant nonsense” and wouldn’t answer specific questions about the case.

Court documents say Avenatti is the “managing member and majority equity holder” of Eagan Avenatti and “solely owns and controls” another firm, Avenatti & Associates, which represents Daniels.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and has sued to invalidate the confidentiality agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election that prevents her discussing it. She’s also suing Trump and his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, alleging defamation.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Patrice Failor & James Comey Do Not See A Problem With The Trafficking Of Tiny Humans

I guess Patrice and her husband James Comey do not see a problem with the trafficking of tiny humans of "The Poors" (always said with clinched teeth)..
On Facebook, Patrice Comey, in 2014, wrote: “I am a foster parent, have served as a guardian ad litem for foster kids and work with aging out foster kids in my community.”

  Have a great day!

Connecticut Advocate Patrice Comey, and Husband FBI Director James Comey Support State CASA Legislation

FBI Director James B. Coney Jr with wife Patrice, who testified Friday before a legislative committee in favor of a bill that would allow volunteers to counsel kids through the juvenile-justice system. Photo: Ken Dixon / Hearst Connecticut Media / Connecticut Post
Patrice & Jimmy supporting CASA,
the cover organization for trafficking tiny humans
On March 18, 2016, CASA volunteer Patrice Comey was joined by her husband James B. Comey Jr., the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), at the Connecticut Assembly where she testified in support of a state bill that would allow volunteers to support and advocate for kids through juvenile matters. In addition to Patrice serving as a CASA advocate, the couple has also opened their home to foster children. National CASA Association is grateful to the Comeys for their commitment to helping abused and neglected children.

FBI Director Supports Wife’s Effort in Counseling Juveniles

James B. Comey Jr., the director of the FBI, added some powerful support for his wife on Friday when she testified in favor of a bill that would allow unpaid volunteers to counsel kids through the juvenile-justice system.

Comey, his wife Patrice, and an FBI security detail were high-profile VIPs in the Capitol complex for a morning hearing before the legislative Judiciary Committee.

“Every foster child in this great state gets a lawyer,” said Patrice Comey, a former volunteer at Bridgeport Superior Court. “These lawyers each has up to 100 cases, but once they have a case they’re to express the best interests of the child in court. And if the lawyer or the judge or anyone feels that what the child wants is in conflict with their best...then he can ask for an advocate for the child separate.”

The bill, modeled after a New Jersey law, would create a program for court-appointed special advocates for juvenile court matters, at the discretion of judges. James Comey sat by, quietly, during her testimony. The former general counsel for the Westport-based hedge fund giant Bridgewater Associates, he became FBI director in 2013.

“It could include advocacy for the foster child in the judicial system,” said Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, co-chairman of the committee. “It sends a message that the community cares and we’re willing to pay for it and we’re willing to do this for you,” Patrice Comey said. 

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Another Detroit Authority Scandal: Detroit Metropolitan Airport Authority

For more background on the Detroit Metropolitan Airport scandals, click here.

This public corruption scandal goes all the way back to the King Maker, Ed McNamara and former Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano.

I wonder if the FBI is going to cover the EB-5 and Wayne County property foreclosure auctions?

Detroit Metro scandal widens second contractor charged

Detroit — A corruption investigation involving rigged contracts at Detroit Metropolitan Airport widened Tuesday when a contractor was charged in federal court with bribing an airport official.
William Pritula, 69, of Romulus was charged with federal program bribery, a 10-year felony, and the nature of the charge indicates he is expected to plead guilty amid the ongoing investigation.

According to prosecutors, Pritula received $5.47 million after bribing an unnamed official with the Wayne County Airport Authority, which manages and operates Detroit Metro and Willow Run airports.

The criminal charge was filed more than one month after another contractor, Gary Tenaglia, was charged with participating in a conspiracy that defrauded the Wayne County Airport Authority out of $1.5 million.

The conspiracy involves Tenaglia’s firm, Envision Engineering & Maintenance, and a $1.5 million contract to remove snow and ice from the Blue Deck parking structure at the airport. According to court records, Tenaglia conspired with at least two other people who are not named in the court filing.
Tenaglia, 64, a multimillionaire businessman from Rochester, also is expected to plead guilty.

Pritula, meanwhile, is president and owner of his namesake firm, William A. Pritula & Sons, LLC. The firm has worked as an airport contractor for at least eight years and secured contracts for facility and infrastructure maintenance and water main, storm sewer and sanitary system distribution repairs.

From May 2010 to October 2014, Pritula gave the unnamed airport official bribes to influence and reward the official for helping secure airport deals, according to court records.

Prosecutors want a $5.47 million judgment against Pritula. The sum represents gross proceeds obtained by Pritula, according to court records.

Pritula's lawyer, Ben Gonek, declined comment Tuesday.

“The Wayne County Airport Authority is aware of the criminal complaint that was filed today against William Pritula," spokeswoman Erica Donerson said in a statement Tuesday. "Since late 2014, the Airport Authority has not had any contracts with Pritula companies or the individual, William Pritula. We cannot comment further at this time given the pending proceedings.”

The airport authority trumpeted Pritula's firm when it won a $2.6 million maintenance contract in 2010.

“We have seen repeatedly how spending on transportation infrastructure turns out to be an investment in our future,” then-Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano said. “I congratulate Pritula & Sons for their successful bid.”

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

After Angola, U.S. Still Refuses To Acknowledge U.N. Rights Of The Child, But Why?

The United States is the only country refusing to sign on to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child but has anyone really inquired, lately, as to why this is so?

It seems the United States is still using children as human shields and it still seems Israel is exempt from including children of Gaza, for that matter.

Trafficking tiny humans is really a profitable way of maximizing revenues and financial leveraging.

It must be noted that the Convention on the Rights of the Child is still geared to remain under international law.

Image result for selling babies
Goods to be acquired
I take issue with this as the sole jurisdiction because it recognizes corporations as corporate parents, with all concepts of parental rights conferred upon them through UCC statutes as individual real persons are not incorporated, which is why the U.S. will never sign on to the U.N. Convention of the Child.

It is just a revenue maximization thang, in the name of the tax exempt christian god, of course..

Committee on the Rights of the Child Considers Reports of Angola

The Committee on the Rights of the Child today concluded its consideration of the combined fifth to seventh periodic report of Angola under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and its initial reports under the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict, and the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

Presenting the report, Ruth Madalena Mixinge, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Social Action, Family and Promotion of Women of Angola, noted that despite a retreat of investments in the oil industry, which had affected the implementation of a number of Angola’s social projects, the Government had maintained its protection of human rights for all citizens with a focus on the most vulnerable, such as children.  A vast package of legal instruments and public policies had been adopted and institutions had been set up with a view to promoting and guaranteeing children’s rights to life, development, participation and protection.  The National Council for Social Action had also been created as a body for social dialogue and to monitor the implementation of public policies for the promotion and protection of the rights of children, elderly and other vulnerable groups.  To enforce the rights and freedoms of children, birth registration had been universalized.  In 2016 the Government had adopted a basic law requiring compulsory, free education from the primary to middle school years in order to extend free national education from six to nine years, eliminate school dropouts and eradicate illiteracy.  “Angola 2025” had also been adopted as a long-term strategy to ameliorate and augment social services and holistic programmes to combat rural poverty.
In the ensuing discussion, Committee Experts inquired about how the Convention was invoked before courts, data collection, review of the 2012 Children’s Act, social spending and corruption, the role and functioning of the Ombudsman, participation of civil society, harmful practices such as witchcraft accusations against children and female genital mutilation, minimum age of marriage, polygamy, measures to address the situation of children with disabilities, children living with HIV/AIDS, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children, birth registration, corporal punishment and violence against children, juvenile justice and the age of criminal responsibility, orphaned and abandoned children, adoption, infant health and infant mortality, adolescent health, maternal health and maternity leave, abortion, breastfeeding and child friendly hospitals, fighting malaria and yellow fever, child labour, and trafficking in children.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Chad Selweski Did Not Get The Detroit Text, Either

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Well, it seems Chad did not get the Detroit Text nor does he understand that Perkins Coie sucks, but I truly hope he has Cocktails & Popcorn.

Stay tuned because this is just about to get started.

Selweski: The Troublesome Conyers Family Should Just Go Away

The sordid saga of the Conyers family took another turn in recent days as the son of former congressman John Conyers took a cue from his dad and engaged in election irregularities that knocked him off the ballot and ended the brief, bizarre bid by John Conyers III to succeed his father.

The elder Conyers, who resigned in disgrace last year due to a sex scandal, experienced a similar bouncing from the ballot in 2014 when election officials ruled that the longtime Detroit lawmaker had improperly used people who were not registered voters to collect signatures for his nominating petitions. But a federal court later intervened, placing Conyers back on the ballot, which allowed him to continue his path of a half century in office.

In recent months, John Conyers III had followed a similar road to ruin by collecting boxes of invalid petition signatures from people who were not registered to vote in the 13th Congressional District where he was running. He did not receive a reprieve.    

No one is saying this was election fraud but John III, who needed 1,000 valid petition signatures for the upcoming election, saw more than half of his submitted signatures thrown out last week by Wayne County election officials.

The added twist to this story is that Ian Conyers, the great nephew of John Conyers, who also has is eye on the vacant congressional seat, instigated the son’s removal from the ballot. Ian was the guy who filed a complaint challenging John III’s petitions.

Conyers Name Was A Big Plus

Unlike his second cousin, John III, who has no political experience, Ian is a relatively new state senator. After serving in the Obama presidential campaign in 2012 and engaging in Democratic Party involvement locally, Ian was elected to the Senate in 2016 at age 28, making him Michigan’s youngest state senator in history. Obviously, the Conyers surname helped secure his election victory.
The end result of the nominating petition debacle of recent days is that voters won’t see a Conyers vs. Conyers race to replace the elder Conyers. A nasty campaign was anticipated by all, but the electorate will be spared yet another chapter in the Conyers family political soap opera.

Still, this turn of events will not sit well with John III’s mother, Monica Conyers. Monica hoped her son would succeed her 88-year-old husband, and she apparently was livid when Ian crashed the party.  
Perhaps this is a good time to review the Conyers family’s dirty laundry that has been flapping in the political breeze for many years.

Monica Conyers before she was fired from the station.

Voters will recall that Monica, former Detroit City Council president, was sentenced to three years in prison on bribery charges in 2009. After her release, she eventually hosted a local radio show until it was divulged that she had pilfered the station, including booking a luxury hotel room for $750 and scooping up a closet full of “swag” -- clothing and accessories used by the station’s corporate ownership for marketing purposes.

Another complaint from the boss who fired her was that Monica was loud and obnoxious, a trait that was also on display when she served on council. Several years ago, she got into a bar fight with another woman and the victim received a black eye.

Ian, watch out for that left hook -- it apparently packs quite a punch.
While on council, Monica was known for putting family members on the city payroll. In Washington, John’s staffers said he used them to run errands and babysit his sons.

Demanding Sex from Staffers
But demands didn’t end there. The congressman’s demise came when he was accused last year of pressuring women in his office for sex and punishing some who did not comply.

He used $25,000 from his congressional budget office to pay a settlement -- critics called it hush money -- to a staffer who said she was repeatedly sexually harassed by the boss. The woman said he once invited her to a hotel room, stood before her in his underwear and asked her to touch his genitals. He was nearly 80 years old at the time.

With 53 years under his belt, John was the dean of the House, a civil rights icon, but his legacy will forever tag him as the first victim in Congress of the #MeToo movement.

Meanwhile, John III had a fair amount of baggage before he stepped into the political arena earlier this year at the age of 27. He has described himself alternately as a rapper and the operator of a hedge fund, though evidence of either vocation is in short supply.

In 2010, he reported to Detroit police that two expensive laptops and $27,000 worth of concert tickets were stolen from the Cadillac Escalade he was driving.  It turned out that the SUV was government-registered for his father’s use. While John denied this was a common occurrence, he reimbursed the U.S. Treasury $5,600 for his son’s unauthorized driving privileges.

Domestic Violence Case 
More recently, in February 2017, John III was arrested on a domestic violence charge for allegedly battering his live-in girlfriend and slashing her with a knife. Prosecutors declined to press charges due to a lack of independent witnesses to the altercation, but a personal protection order barred him from interaction with the woman for several months.

That story did not become public until last December when, in a matter of about 24 hours, things turned ugly for John, John III and Monica as an outright family feud went public on the national stage.

With both House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi calling on John to quit due to the sex scandal – quite an unintended bipartisan feat for the congressman – he had privately decided to step down. But Ian jumped into the spotlight, telling The New York Times that his great uncle would be vacating his House seat at the end of his term and that John had urged him to run as his successor.

Monica angrily shot back with a tweet that said claims about her husband’s impending resignation were based on “rumor and innuendo.” That same morning, in a radio interview, John announced that he was, in fact, departing Congress immediately -- and endorsing John III as his successor.

Ian felt betrayed while John III, smarting over sudden national media coverage about his domestic abuse arrest, told the Times he did not ask for his father’s endorsement and was not sure he wanted to run for public office. Ian followed up by steering the press to several past social media posts by his second cousin that showed John III drinking while he was underage, including a photo of him with a bottle of champagne while sitting behind the wheel of a Cadillac.

At the time, Ian said the Conyers family must engage in “damage control” while he was trying to clear the way for his impending candidacy.

So, what Wayne County voters now face is one Conyers candidate -- not two -- trying to fend off a crowded Democratic field for the 13th District seat in the August primary election. In this heavily Democratic territory, which comprises a portion of Detroit and several close-in suburbs, the primary is everything -- the winner should breeze to election in November.

As for the newfound family standardbearer, Ian Conyers, he seems determined to prove that he is the good apple in the bunch. We will see if his congressional candidacy proves fruitful, or if the Conyers name is now tainted.

Perhaps his campaign slogan should be: “Ian, the best Conyers Detroit has to offer.”

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Corporations Have Parental Rights

Did you ever wonder why no one wants to talk about the residuals of the peculiar institution?

Well, it is because of child welfare.

Yes, that is correct.

Not only are children still statutorily codified as property, or rather chattel, but the 13th Amendment made sure that the best financial interests of the child were placed under the parental rights of corporations.

Yes, that is correct, corporations have parental rights.

Commercial Surrogacy: the new term for saying:
"Trafficking Tiny Humans"

According to investopedia, a parent company is:

What is a 'Parent Company'

A parent company is a company that controls other, smaller businesses by owning an influential amount of voting stock or control. Parent companies are typically larger firms that exhibit control over one or more small subsidiaries in either the same industry or complimentary industries. Parent companies can be either hands-on or hands-off with subsidiaries, depending on the amount of managerial control given to subsidiary managers.

BREAKING DOWN 'Parent Company'

A parent company is a larger corporation that has significant ownership over a subsidiary or group of subsidiaries. These partially or wholly-owned smaller companies are controlled by the parent, to varying degrees; however, all parent companies, for the most part, own more than 50% of a subsidiary's voting stock.
There is a new phenomenon called commercial surrogacy.

So, what exactly is commercial surrogacy?

According to, defines commercial surrogacy as such:

Commercial surrogacy refers to any surrogacy arrangement in which the surrogate mother is compensated for her services beyond reimbursement of medical expenses.

The corporate surrogate parent model is currently being implemented on the state level as seen in the EPIC Foundation.

From 2004 to the present The EPIC Foundation has collaborated with the Hawaii State Department of Education in training and appointing Surrogate Parents to eligible children. Surrogate parents ensure that eligible children receive an education comparable to children without disabilities in all matters pertaining to their identification, evaluation, and educational program placement. The Surrogate Parent Program was established by the Hawaii State Department of Education to ensure proper representation and services for children with disabilities as mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (amended by the Rehabilitation From 2004 to the present The EPIC Foundation has collaborated with the Hawaii State Department of Education in training and appointing Surrogate Parents to eligible children. Surrogate parents ensure that eligible children receive an education comparable to children without disabilities in all matters pertaining to their identification, evaluation, and educational program placement.

Eligible Children are those:
  • Whose parents cannot be identified.
  • Whose parents cannot be located
  • Who are wards of the state under the laws of the state
  • Those considered to be unaccompanied youth as stated under the Stewart B. McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
  • That have no relative willing and able to serve as an educational representative for a student who has reasched the age of majority and lacks decisional capacity to provide informed consent.
According to, commercial surrogacy is defined as  as such: The trafficking of tiny humans because every corporation should hire a child.

As seen here, corporations have parent disclosures but individuals do not, according to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures.

According to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 7.1, a Corporate Parent Disclosure Statement is:

(a) Who Must File; Contents. A nongovernmental corporate party must file 2 copies of a disclosure statement that:
(1) identifies any parent corporation and any publicly held corporation owning 10% or more of its stock; or
(2) states that there is no such corporation.
Individuals are granted the rights of custodianship and guardianship, where the parent disclosure is conferred upon the States Attorney General, by United States Code, 15 U.S.C. 15(c):

Any attorney general of a State may bring a civil action in the name of such State, as parens patriae on behalf of natural persons residing in such State, in any district court of the United States having jurisdiction of the defendant, to secure monetary relief as provided in this section for injury sustained by such natural persons to their property by reason of any violation of sections 1 to 7 of this title. The court shall exclude from the amount of monetary relief awarded in such action any amount of monetary relief (A) which duplicates amounts which have been awarded for the same injury, or (B) which is properly allocable to (i) natural persons who have excluded their claims pursuant to subsection (b)(2) of this section, and (ii) any business entity.
The "crime" for which the States Attorney General may bring forth on behalf of the Corporation of the State is now the crime of poverty, which is manifests itself in the form of asset forfeiture policies through privatization.


Slavery and involuntary servitude. Sec. 9. Neither slavery, nor involuntary servitude unless for the punishment of crime, shall ever be tolerated in this state. History: Const. 1963, Art. I, § 9, Eff. Jan. 1, 1964. Former constitution: See Const. 1908, Art. II, § 8.

Oh, but involuntary servitude is tolerated in Michigan, under Child Protection Laws, as "failure to provide for the necessary needs of the child" is poverty, which is abuse and neglect, grounds for a trustee corporation to state the "best interests of the child".

As we see the progression of the parental rights of corporations, policies are now being diffused across the nation, in those pilot model states, by amending language to include the terms "children" and"seniors" into term, "disabled", then creating and promoting a new nomenclature for chattel law, or rather "personhood".

So, if an individual must rely upon any form of social assistance, seen the mandatory Medicaid work requirement, the state assigns "custodianship & guardianship" to privatized contractors through case management, probably better understood as a Micro Emergency Manager of the trust fund.

The trust fund, in this instance is the Social Security Trust Fund, where corporations have parental rights seize these "assets" to for providing services to "The Poors", or rather the disabled.

Think about this policy as a new form of indentured servitude, but there is nothing worded in these new state laws where a time period, like the traditional seven years indenturtude or working off one's debt releases one from the default transfer to the privatized corporation.

Act 327 of 1931

450.157 Trustee corporation; hospitals; asylums; trustee instrument; indenturing or apprenticing destitute or foundling;children; withdrawal.
Sec. 157.

(1) In all cases where lands, or any other property, amounting in value to $5,000.00 or more, have been or are given, granted, devised, or bequeathed to 3 or more trustees for the purpose of founding or endowing a hospital or other charitable asylum for the care or relief of indigent or other sick or infirm or aged persons, or the care of minor orphans or children and youth with special health care needs or for the care and protection of unfortunate women, or any number of those purposes, the trustees may incorporate under this act as a trustee corporation. Unless restricted by the trust instrument, the trustees may unite in that incorporation with other persons contributing to the maintenance of the hospital or asylum, and all of those other persons shall become members of the corporation upon making the contribution as may be fixed and determined in the articles or by-laws of the corporation. However, any 3 or more persons may incorporate for any charitable purpose described in this subsection as a trustee corporation, where the hospital, home, asylum, or other institution to be founded by the corporation is to be constructed, equipped, and maintained principally by donations not made under any trust deed or other instrument in writing declaring the uses and purposes to which the property shall be devoted, and that corporation shall have authority to fix and prescribe the terms and conditions of membership in the corporation.

(2) The trustees of a trustee corporation described in subsection (1), or a majority of them, are hereby authorized and empowered to indenture or apprentice to responsible persons, any destitute or foundling children who now or later become under the charge or care of that corporation, until those children shall respectively become of lawful age, and to make that indenture in each case as binding and effective in all respects as if the trustees were the lawful parents or guardians of those children. However, the trustees shall have power to withdraw a child from any person to which he or she is indentured, when in their opinion the interests of the child require it.

History: 1931, Act 327, Eff. Sept. 18, 1931 ;-- CL 1948, 450.157 ;-- Am. 2015, Act 89, Imd. Eff. June 25, 2015
Compiler's Notes: The catchline following the act section number was incorporated as part of the section when the act was enacted.
Former Law: See section 10 of Ch. I of Part IV of Act 84 of 1921, being CL 1929, § 10086; and section 11 of Ch. I of Part IV of Act 84 of 1921, being CL 1929, § 10087.

So, now you know why corporations have parental rights.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Day 215.9. Not Awan Contra, This Is Iran Contra Continued - Palmer Bank

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

NXIVM, Eric Schneiderman, Then Preet Bharara

What very few understand is that my "Preety Preet" knows lots of stuff, for a very long time.

"Motivated by greed, Stay Thompson and her co-conspirators joined together to steal money intended for the City's most vulnerable children."
United States Attorney PREET BHARARA

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Then, what had happened was...

New York AG Eric Schneiderman resigns after allegations he physically abused 4 women


Bharara Weighs Independent Bid for New York Attorney General

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"Pretty Preet" Bharara
When a New York jury convicted ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on bribery charges last week, the biggest winner might have been Preet Bharara, even though he was nowhere near the courtroom.

As the top federal prosecutor in New York, it was Bharara who brought the case against the once powerful Democrat, and the verdict may have cemented his reputation as a crusading corruption fighter. Yet, even before the jury came back, Bharara was already weighing a run for the suddenly vacant spot of New York attorney general -- possibly doing so as an independent, free of ties to Democrats and Republicans, according to a person familiar with his thinking.

Preet Bharara
“Running as an independent, that would be the first defining message of his campaign,” said William Cunningham, an aide to three former New York governors and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP. “Being attorney general is an easy fit for a former U.S. attorney.”
Bharara’s name was floated as possible attorney general almost instantly after Eric Schneiderman quit as New York state’s top cop on May 7, following allegations of abuse by four women. Bharara, 49, served almost eight years as U.S. attorney in New York, where he spearheaded an historic crackdown on insider trading and targeted corruption in state government, before he was summarily fired by President Donald Trump on March 11, 2017.

But Bharara remains in the spotlight, hosting a popular podcast about law, justice and politics, and maintaining a frequent presence on cable news. In addition to teaching at New York University School of Law, he’s writing a book for which he reportedly received an advance of more than $1 million from publishing house Alfred A. Knopf.

He enjoys his new life, according to the person familiar with his thinking, who requested anonymity because of not being authorized to speak for the former prosecutor.

“It’s flattering,” Bharara said on CNN last week about the talk of him running. “Other people have put the thought out there. I’m not putting it out there. And I’m happy doing what I’m doing now. ” But he refused to rule it out during the interview and during his weekly podcast called, “Stay Tuned with Preet.”
Schneiderman’s replacement will play a big role in challenges to Trump’s policies ranging from protection of the environment to safeguarding rights of undocumented immigrants. The office also enforces state laws regulating Wall Street, non-profits and charities. Barbara Underwood, a Democrat who served as state solicitor general, is temporarily heading the office pending an appointment to be made by the Democratic-controlled state legislature.

Bharara has prosecuted both Democrats and Republicans and been criticized by leaders in both political parties. He’s also made it a bit of a habit to troll Trump on Twitter, telling the president Oct. 31, 2017: “Keep up the tweeting. Seriously, keep it up,” in response to a series of Trump tweets that followed the indictment of his former campaign Chairman Paul Manafort.

Bharara, who appears regularly on CNN as a commentator, has the resume to campaign successfully as an independent, said Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic political consultant who helped pull off the last upset in an election for state attorney general when Eliot Spitzer won the office in 1998.
“He has a great argument to make as a candidate: ‘I’m the only one who’s taken on corruption and sent politicians to jail.”’ Sheinkopf said.

The election calendar would work to Bharara’s advantage. Major party candidates seeking a statewide nomination must collect petition signatures from June 5 to July 24. Independents have from July 10 to August 21, which would give Bharara time to know the competition and test how much voter-support he could attract.

Bharara was born in India. Indian-Americans have the highest median income of all Asian immigrant groups, and more than 200,000 live in New York City alone, according to a study by the Pew Foundation. Bharara’s entrepreneur younger brother, Vinnie, is among the wealthiest, having sold a company he co-founded to in 2010 for more than $500 million.

“It would be a great show of power by that group,” to get him elected, Sheinkopf said. “He just has to find the right people to organize the campaign and help him do it.”

Bharara made headlines as U.S. attorney for a legal offensive on insider trading that led to cases against dozens of traders, corporate executives and hedge-fund insiders, including the still-jailed Galleon Group co-founder Raj Rajaratnam.

Insider Trading

In time, he was criticized for overreaching and being too eager to make headlines; more than a dozen convictions were tossed out following a 2014 appeals court decision modifying insider-trading law. But recent developments have offered a measure of vindication. In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed in part with the position initially taken by Bharara.

> Aside from raising the millions of dollars needed for campaign advertising in one of the nation’s most expensive television markets, Bharara, as an independent, would need to pull together a statewide organization of paid staff and volunteers that could compete with get-out-the-vote efforts run by the Democratic and Republican Parties, particularly in a year when they’ll be running gubernatorial campaigns.

Bharara won’t say, for now, what he’s thinking.

“It’s a very important job, especially important now, when the rule of law is under attack,” he said on his podcast, in a not-so-veiled criticism of the president.

He added, “I’ve said many, many times, politics is not my cup of tea.”

In other words: “Stay Tuned.”

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NXIVM, Allison Mack, Keith Raniere, Child Welfare & The Tax Exempt God

The following is information on the NXIVM situation with the arrests of Allison Mack and Keith Raniere.

I am not going into this right now because no one is going to like what I have to say about this, child welfare and the tax exempt god.

Media Silent as Allison Mack’s Arrest Exposes Child Trafficking For Billionaire-Backed Sex Slave Ring

As more details emerge in the case of the elite Hollywood sex cult NXIVM, it seems that the story goes even deeper than was first reported. There is growing evidence that this alleged self-help group was just a front for a human trafficking ring. It has also been revealed that this group has close ties with high-power ruling class families, including the Rothschilds, Clintons, and Bronfmans.

According to the charges, Smallville actress Allison Mack was a member of the cult and worked in a management position. As second-in-command, it was her job to lure women into the programs under the pretense of female empowerment and self-help workshops, to then convince them to sign up for a more “advanced program” called Dominus Obsequious Sororium, which required these women to basically turn the lives over to cult leader Keith Raniere. Dominus Obsequious Sororium is a quasi-Latin phrase that roughly translates to “Master Over the Slave Women.”

When women joined Raniere’s inner circle, they were forced to sign over their finances to him, starve themselves to maintain a certain weight, and he even had them surgically branded with his initials. Raniere would use blackmail to keep the women from speaking out, by collecting nude photos and damaging evidence on family members.

“As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere. The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit,” U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in a statement.

The cult was finally exposed when the daughter of former Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg became a member. Oxenberg told the New York Times that she became concerned after she saw that her 26-year-old daughter India was extremely emaciated from dieting, and was suffering from serious health problems.

“Some people have said this is a voluntary sorority. The women I have spoken to tell a far different story,” Oxenberg said. “Coercion is not voluntary. Extortion is not voluntary. Blackmail is not voluntary.”

When these accusations hit the news, other women, including actress Sarah Edmondson, came forward to all to tell the same story, of the blackmail, the branding, as well as the forced labor and forced sexual activity.

Raniere is also accused of having a history of pedophilia, with accusations that stretch back over 20 years, involving girls as young as 12.

In 2012, several women were interviewed by the Albany Times Union about the coercive sexual experiences that they had with Raniere when they were young girls. One of the women in the case was found dead of a gunshot wound before she was able to give the interview. Her death was ruled a suicide.

The U.S. attorney’s office requested to have Raniere held without bail in a letter to the court stating that he was a known child predator.

Although this extremely important detail is being left out of most mainstream reports, one of the main charges in the criminal indictment against Raniere and Mack is sex trafficking of children.

A quick search for Allison Mack’s arrest report or charges—as reported by the mainstream media—will not yield any mention of children. Most mainstream reports only mention sex trafficking and ominously omit that the charges were for sex trafficking of children. Exactly why the media is refusing to report this remains a mystery.

Another important aspect of this case that has been largely overlooked, is the connections that this organization has to high-level figures in politics and finance. The organization worked much like a pyramid scheme, collecting regular fees from its members. But the majority of the funding, over $150 million, came from the trust funds of Seagram heiresses, Sara and Clare Bronfman.

Their involvement with Raniere began in 2002 and has been very public and controversial, with other members of the Bronfman family distancing themselves from the sisters in the press. The Bronfman family has very close ties to the Rothschild banking dynasty, with members of both families belonging to many of the same companies, including their joint financial firm, Bronfman & Rothschild.

Additionally, at least three high-ranking members of the organization, including Nancy Salzman and the Bronfman sisters, are members of Bill Clinton’s foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, which requires an annual $15,000 membership fee.

Now that Raniere is in jail and Mack is on bail and ordered not to have any contact with other cult members, Clare Bronfman has taken on the role of leader within the organization.

In response to the recent controversy surrounding NXIVM, Bronfman made a statement on her website denying the accusations against Raniere. She praised Raniere and the NXIVM programs, insisting that she is doing work that is truly helping people, and that no one has ever been coerced as a part of their workshops.

Frank Parlato, a former NXIVM publicist-turned-whistleblower told the New York Post that Bronfman is among the harshest leaders in the organization.

“She’s the enforcer—the brutal one. Clare’s running the [operation] now, and she’s the most ruthless of them. I’m issuing an absolute warning now. Clare Bronfman is a true fanatic, and if there’s a Jim Jones situation, everyone will commit suicide but her.” Parlato said.

Of Allison Mack, Parlato said that she was a troubled woman, who was both a victim and an abuser.
“Mack was both a victim and a victimizer. She was both a mastermind and Raniere’s useful idiot. She started as a slave and she became a slave master. Her nickname among defectors is ‘Pimp Mack,‘” Parlato said.

It is highly possible that this is a position that Mack was groomed for since she was a child, as many childhood stars turn from victims to predators as a result of what they often experience behind the scenes in the industry. Oddly enough, one of Mack’s very first roles was in a softcore porn movie called “Night Eyes Three.” She was just 11 years old at the time.

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Wayne County Property Tax Foreclosures: How We Steal From "The Poors"

She did not lose her home to past due property taxes.

It was stolen.

Fees are not taxes, but Wayne County knows no better.

The City of Detroit will put those Solid Waste Fees, yes, fees, on you tax bill, even though your tax bill will show a balance of $0.00 due for property taxes.

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The Detroit Board of Assessors, who are not even certified, just, magically converts these Solid Waste Fees, that are bonded, into taxes.

No notice.

No due process.

No judgment.

Just a knock on the door from a bailiff.

From rumors floating around City Hall, this was one of those Kwame Kilpatrick personal slush fund schemes that no one has ever had the guts to address because they just roll their eyes.

We should continue to follow the money because I am quite sure the funds are still under the aegis of the Mayor's Office, but hey, what do I know?

Stay strong.  It will end, very soon, right DOJ?

Foreclosed for the cost of an iPhone. That’s life in Wayne County.

Antoinette Coleman lost her home for less than the cost of an iPhone.

After 30 years of paying the mortgage on her neat, three-bedroom brick home on Detroit’s east side, the retired Defense Department technician was foreclosed last year because of unpaid taxes of $291, records show.
“I’m almost 70 and here I am, being evicted out of my own house,” Coleman says.
“You know that’s not right. … You have to be very vigilant.”

Antoinette Coleman is packing her boxes and preparing for eviction from her home of more than 30 years. She fell behind in taxes, and then lost it over a $291 debt, records show. (Bridge photo by Sarah Alvarez)
< How could such a thing happen? Coleman wasn’t vigilant. For years, her taxes were rolled into her mortgage payment, she says, so she didn’t realize when the bills became her responsibiliy.
But Coleman also has the bad luck of living in Wayne County, which has become the nation’s undisputed leader in tax foreclosures, seizing and selling more than 150,000 properties over the past 15 years in Detroit alone.
The treasurer doesn’t discriminate when it comes to debts: The amount is “not considered” in foreclosing homes, said Mario Morrow, a spokesman for Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree.
Last year, almost 2,800 owner-occupied homes in the county were foreclosed for debts of less than $1,000.  All but 106 of them were saved by their owners, either by paying back bills or entering into payment plans, Morrow said.

  • Owe taxes? That’s OK. Wayne County will still sell you foreclosed homes.
  • Wayne County residents unnecessarily losing homes to foreclosure

  • This year, another 7,200 homes are listed in county records as “likely to be foreclosed” if owners don’t enter into payment plans by June 7. Just shy of a third of those, 2,479, owe less than $1,000. More than half of those homes are occupied, according to treasury records.

    Policies vary among counties throughout Michigan when it comes to foreclosures, but the sale of homes for small debts is a largely unknown byproduct of a foreclosure crisis that has been likened to a natural disaster.

    “I’m living and breathing this every day,” said Linda Smith, executive director of U-Snap-Bac, a housing nonprofit on Detroit’s east side.

    U-Snap-Bac is one of those "friends and family" programs, right, Linda?

    “I’m very frustrated.”

    Last year, her nonprofit paid back taxes for 105 people who owed less than $1,000 in taxes, allowing them to stay in their homes. U-Snap Bac was part of a group of nonprofits that stepped in with about $50,000 to pay back taxes of property owners facing foreclosure for less than $1,000.

    “If I was the county and somebody owed less than $1,000 I would say, come talk to me,” Smith said.
    Outreach from her group, nonprofits, the county, City of Detroit and others are one reason tax foreclosures have dropped to their lowest level in years, falling to 6,315 last year from 24,793 three years ago. Last year, just 4,066 of those homes were sold at auction.

    Morrow said Sabree is working hard to make it easier for Detroiters to pay taxes and avoid losing their homes. Last year, 15,319 homes were saved from foreclosure because the treasurer made deals to put residents on payment plans.

    “Lower interest rates for owner occupants have helped reduce foreclosures,” Morrow said. “The availability of payment kiosks have made it easier for owners to pay. People are now more aware of the options available.”

    ‘I feel conflicted’

    For years, Wayne County declined to foreclose on homes that owed small amounts, typically less than $2,700.

    The practice began under former Treasurer Raymond Wojtowicz, but it was discontinued about seven years ago because so few Detroiters were paying taxes. As recently as 2011, less than 50 percent of residents were paying property taxes in the city, according to a Detroit News investigation.

    Coleman said she didn’t realize she owed taxes until she got a notice from the county last year that her home was going to be auctioned. Coleman’s tax debt was nearly $6,300, but she reduced her obligation to $1,100 because she qualified for a poverty exemption.

    Coleman set up an automatic payment plan for the back taxes, but she said she did so incorrectly and didn’t realize her mistake until it was too late. She was $291 short of her goal when her home was auctioned in September to a Las Vegas company called Local Money, LLC, records show.

    Coleman said she didn’t know her home had been sold at auction until the buyer showed up at her door.

    "I should have gone back downtown and double checked those taxes were being paid," Coleman said.
    Coleman’s house is on the eastern side of Outer Drive, a 37-mile boulevard that criss-crosses the city. On the western side is a similar neat brick home foreclosed on by the county last year.

    James Ngare, a Detroiter, paid almost $30,000 for the home after it went into the auction for $457.95.
    Ngare said he had no idea what the original debt was when he bought it.

    “It’s crazy. I would never have guessed that somebody could lose their home over so little,” he said.
    “I’ve been a community organizer, and I have gone knocking on doors, hundreds of doors over the years, talking to people about how they can save their homes. I feel conflicted, for sure.”

    Michigan law compels counties to have a property tax auction and sets general parameters, but all counties operate theirs differently. To the north of Detroit is Oakland County, whose tax auction is about one-eighth the size of Wayne County.

    Oakland doesn’t have a rule about not foreclosing on properties that owe only hundreds of dollars in taxes. In a statement to Bridge, the Oakland County Treasurer Office said “we use our judgement and consider every property on the individual merits.”

    The tax auction is supposed to make money for the county, and sometimes these low-dollar foreclosures do provide a windfall.

    One two-story brick Victorian house in the heart of Southwest Detroit went to auction for a tax debt of $505.79 last year and sold for a final bid of $108,000.

    In a mortgage foreclosure any money from the sale above whatever the debt and costs makes its way back to the former owner. About a dozen states have the same process for tax foreclosures too, but not Michigan.

    The likelihood of a low-dollar foreclosure making money is almost equal to the likelihood these homes will end up on the other side of the county’s balance sheet because some of them don’t sell at auction.

    Auction records show this happened to five occupied homes foreclosed on for less than $1,000 last year. These houses were transferred to the Detroit Land Bank Authority, which owns more than 32,000 properties with abandoned homes or businesses.

    ‘There are people in worse situations’

    The situation has prompted relief efforts from Smith’s group, U-Snap-Bac, but she said taxpayers also need to look in the mirror.

    “Part of the responsibilities is with the homeowner,” she says. “You have to pay the taxes and pay for city services.”

    Smith said the problem is compounded by poverty. The city's’ median household income is $26,000, and just under 40 percent of residents are impoverished, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

    “I’ve never talked to anyone who said, ‘I don’t pay taxes because I don’t want to,’” Smith said.
    Morrow said he’s “unaware if private donors will do something like this again.”

    Back on East Outer, Coleman is packing boxes and pondering her next step.

    “The bailiff will be here any day,” she said.

    She is planning on moving into a relative’s home until she can figure out what to do next. Coleman said much of her neighborhood has become rentals in the past 10 years or so, and she’s upset at what’s happened to Detroit.

    “It’s almost like people from outside are saying ‘this is what I want, and this is what I’m going to take,’” Coleman said.

    “This is my home and I don’t think I should have lost it through an error. I’m very upset. But there are people in worse situations than I am.”  

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