Friday, August 16, 2019

FOX Propaganda On Rashida Tlaib & Israel - Documenting The Depth Of Dumbness

The depth of dumbness of these political pundits is breathtaking.

These people on FOX are so stupid.

Not one word of Detroit, her District.

Not one word of Mark Epstein, being of Jewish faith, is on the board of the anti-Israel hate group, which was the basis of the initial rejection or plausible explanations as to why she changed her mind.

These masses of protoplasm make sounds come from their mouths that have no cognizant relevance or are even germane to the fact that Steve Tobocman, her mentor, is Jewish, and just so happened to lay the groundwork for the foreign invasion of Detroit through its fake ass bankruptcy and gerrymandering.

Just documenting who refuses to #sayhisname and the individuals who are falsely advising Trump.

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CORBETT: We Need to Talk About Search


 Why does no one seem to understand the bigger picture of search algorithm manipulation. This isn't about being able to work around search blacklists to find certain information, it's about how we are being steered toward a future where we will not have control over search results at all. We will ask our computer oracles a question and we will get one pre-approved answer. This is the nightmare future we are stumbling into, and (almost) no one seems to get it.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: With Love From Israel - Bibi Trolls Rashida With Why They Denied Her Entry In The First Place - Incompetence

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"Would you do the honors
 and drop Detroit first, or shall I?"
This just keeps getting better and better.

Benjamin "Bibi" Netenyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, released the reasons for denying entry into Israel, but he was kind enough not to say "incompetence".

Such a shame Rashida was not as transparent as Bibi, but, then again, she does have that Epstein issue going on.

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The U.S. Has No Intelligence Director - Sue Gordon Resigns - Who's Next?

Dan Coats picks Ratcliffe to take over his position as National Intelligence Chief.

Radcliff was excited to be nominated by Trump.

Then Radcliff thought twice and decided to decline.

So, on August 15, 2019 Dan Coats resigns.

On August 15, 2019 Sue Gordon stepped in as interim having announced her resignation.

Then, on August 16, Sue Gordon resigns.

Who's next?

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Rashida Tlaib Did Not #sayhisname So She Launched An Isreali #coloredrevolution

Please note the timestamps.

Cocktails & Popcorn: Rashida Tlaib Goes To Israel, But How Shall She Return?

All she had to do was #sayhisname, but instead, she launched a #coloredrevolution agaisnt Israel.

Those #MeToo psyoptics will get come back to bite you in the arse every time.

Watch, her go buckwild with impeachment.

Someone has to stop Trump obstructing justice and pull that IG Report from his backpocket.

You go, gurl!

Tlaib declines travel to West Bank, citing 'oppressive conditions' to visit grandmother

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"All I had to do was to #sayhisname."
(FOX 2) - Hours after Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib was granted permission to enter the Israeli-occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds to visit her grandmother, she said in a statement that she's decided not to travel there afterall.

"In my attempt to visit Palestine, I've experienced the same racist treatment that many Palestinian-Americans endure when encountering the Israeli government," her statement reads.

"The Israeli government used my love and desire to see my grandmother to silence me and made my ability to do so contingent upon my signing a letter - reflecting just how undemocratic and afraid they are of the truth my trip would reveal about what is happening in the State of Israel and to Palestinians living under occupation with United States support."

Tlaib didn't elaborate on what signing the letter involved.

On Thursday, she and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar were banned from entering the country due to their support of a Palestinian-led boycott movement.

Israel announced its unprecedented decision to ban them after President Trump said in a tweet that "it would show great weakness" if Israel allowed them to visit. "They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds," the president wrote Thursday, calling the two congresswomen "a disgrace."

The representatives were set to visit Israel this weekend with some of their colleagues when they learned of the ban, but this was also a personal trip for Tlaib as well, whose 90-year-old grandmother lives in the West Bank.

In her letter of request to Israeli authorities, Tlaib said this would likely be the last chance to see her grandmother. On Friday, Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced the latest twist - that Tlaib could enter the West Bank on humanitarian grounds to see her relatives. The Interior Ministry released a letter purportedly signed by Tlaib in which she promised not to advocate boycotts during her visit.

This was the best comment.

But then Friday morning she said in a statement that she's decided not to travel to Palestine and Israel at this time.

She tweeted that "visiting her grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in--fighting against racism, oppression & injustice."

"Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me. It would kill a piece of me."

"When I won [the election], it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions. I can't allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity [my grandmother] to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies."

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Rashida Tlaib Goes To Israel, But How Shall She Return?

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"Always enjoy a cocktail before exile."
But, will she be allowed reentry into the U.S. if the Detroit Grand Jury unseals the information redacted in the Mueller Report, is the question of the day.

And for something to bide her time on the plane, I wish to leave everyone with this fun conundrum, wrapped in an enigma:

Will Rashida be taken into Israeli custody if Trump stops obstructing justice and pulls that IG Report from his backpocket?

Will she be taken into Russian custody?

I do not believe we have legal precedent on expulsion of a member of congress, but Nancy Pelosi is the one who would call for the vote, and I have full faith in her to throw Rashida, and Ilhan Omar, under the bus.

Cocktails, anyone?

Israel grants request by Rep. Rashida Tlaib to visit West Bank on humanitarian grounds

(FOX 2) - Israel's interior minister said Friday he has received and granted a request by Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib to enter the Israeli-occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds.

The news comes just hours after on Thursday the interior minister banned her as well as Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar from entering the country, due to their support of a Palestinian-led boycott movement.

Israel announced its unprecedented decision after President Trump said in a tweet that "it would show great weakness" if Israel allowed them to visit. "They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds," the president wrote Thursday, calling the two congresswomen "a disgrace."

The representatives were set to visit Israel this weekend with some of their colleagues when they learned of the ban but this was also a personal trip for Tlaib, whose 90-year-old grandmother lives in the West Bank. So she was planning on seeing her during that visit.

"I'm really disappointed. I really want to see my grandmother. She is - I am who I am because of her, her strength," Tlaib told FOX 2 Thursday night at an event in Canton.

In her letter of request, Tlaib said this would likely be the last chance to see her grandmother and that she would respect any restrictions and "not promote boycotts" during her visit.

On Friday, Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced the latest twist - that Tlaib had requested and been granted permission to enter the West Bank to see her relatives.

Tlaib's office could not immediately be reached for comment.

Deri's office said he "decided to allow her entry to Israel and hopes she will stand by her commitment and that the visit will be for humanitarian needs only."

Tlaib's apparent pledge to conduct the visit in line with restrictions imposed by Israel was bound to anger Palestinians who had hoped the congressional tour, organized by a Palestinian group, would highlight their plight. Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war. Palestinians hope to establish an independent state on those lands.

Tlaib and Omar are known as supporters of "boycott, divestment and sanctions," or BDS, a Palestinian-led global movement. Israel alleges that BDS targets Israel's very existence, while the movement's supporters say it is intended as leverage to end more than half a century of Israeli military rule over Palestinians.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: How To Solve The Wayne County Property Tax Problem - Federal Receivership

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"Oh, we are all watching you, Eric."
Eric Sabree has disqualified himself from making public comment on the property tax debt of "The Poors" for breaching the duties of his office in the administration of the public trust.

To begin, the Detroit Land Bank Authority, in conjunction with the City of Detroit, has participated in a fraudulent property tax operation which has resulted in gerrymandering and forced migration, resulting in election interference.

Yes, the Detroit Land Bank Authority has been filing quiet titles to even wipe out mortgages.

Have You Paid Your Detroit Property Taxes? Think Again

And, for those who would like to view the actual documents to support my allegations that Eric Sabree breached the public trust, and dare I say crimes of of a bloodless war, for his failure to report these property tax fraud schemes, because the Detroit Land Bank Authority never incorporated.

You may find multiple attestations of the geographic real property fraud schemes in PACER or here:

Eric Sabree does not support the Wayne County Land Bank quiet title action for "The Poors" because he knows what will be found once the proceedings commence, and it will not be pretty.

As stated, the Wayne County Land Bank is a Corporation:
The Wayne County Land Bank Corporation was formed in 2006 through an agreement between the Wayne County Treasurer and the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority. Prior to the formation of the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) in 2009, the WCLB held in its inventory all Wayne County properties that were neither sold at foreclosure auction nor acquired by the state, city, or county through the right of refusal process. Since the formation of the DLBA, the WCLB holds all of these unclaimed properties with the exception of those located in Detroit. Currently, the WCLB holds title to over 1,000 properties throughout Wayne County.
The mission of the WCLB is to return tax-foreclosed and abandoned properties to productive use, contribute tax revenue to Wayne County, and promote community rehabilitation across its municipalities. Three main objectives drive the WCLB’s operations:
Preserving or increasing property values throughout Wayne County by actively developing vacant, under-utilized, and blighted properties.
Engaging in economic development projects that create or preserve jobs and increase tax revenues.
Preserving real estate for public purposes, e.g. public transportation, public parks, green infrastructure, and to support humanitarian initiatives. Working with state, local, and non-profit partners to dedicate land bank properties for public use.
When I searched for the articles of incorporation, I found none because the Wayne County Land Bank Corporation never incorporated, just like the Detroit Land Bank Authority never incorporated, which leads us right up the Michigan Attorney General of 2003, which just so happens to be Mike Cox, who is definitely a "Legal Genius" (trademark pending), where one only has to look at his record of Medicaid Fraud in Child Welfare, but I digress and apologize for my episode of Post Traumatic Fraud Syndrome.


124.773 Intergovernmental agreements.
Sec. 23.
  (1) An authority may enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Michigan economic development corporation for the joint exercise of powers and duties under this act, of the powers and duties of the authority and the Michigan economic development corporation, and for the provision of economic development services related to the activities of the authority.
  (2) An authority may enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Michigan state housing development authority for the joint exercise of powers and duties under this act, of the powers and duties of the authority and the Michigan state housing development authority, and for the provision of redevelopment services related to the activities of the authority.
  (3) A county, city, qualified city, township, or village may enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the state authority providing for the transfer to the authority of tax reverted property held by the county, city, township, or village, for title clearance, for the disposition of the proceeds from the sale of the property, and for other activities authorized under this act, including the return or transfer of property under the control of the authority to the county, city, township, or village. An intergovernmental agreement under this subsection may not provide for a separate legal or administrative entity to administer or execute the agreement under section 7 of the urban cooperation act of 1967, 1967 (Ex Sess) PA 7, MCL 124.507.
  (4) A county foreclosing governmental unit may, with the approval of the board of commissioners for that county and, if that county has an elected county executive, with the concurrence of the elected county executive, enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the state authority providing for the exercise of the powers, duties, functions, and responsibilities of an authority under this act and for the creation of a county authority to exercise those functions. If a county authority is created under this subsection, the treasurer of the county shall be a member of the authority board.
  (5) A qualified city may enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the state authority providing for the exercise of the powers, duties, functions, and responsibilities of an authority under this act and for the creation of a local authority to exercise those functions.
  (6) An intergovernmental agreement under subsection (4) or (5) shall provide for all of the following:
  (a) The incorporation of a county or local authority as a public body corporate.
  (b) The name of the authority.
  (c) The size of the initial governing body of the county or local authority, which shall be composed of an odd number of members.
  (d) The qualifications, method of selection, and terms of office of the initial board members.
  (e) A method for the adoption of articles of incorporation by the governing body of the county or local authority.
  (f) A method for the distribution of proceeds from the activities of the county or local authority.
  (g) A method for the dissolution of the local or county authority and for the withdrawal from the authority of any governmental agencies involved.
  (h) Any other matters considered advisable by the participating governmental agencies, consistent with this act.
  (7) If under the charter of a qualified city the qualified city collects delinquent city real property taxes and does not return the delinquent taxes to the treasurer of the county in which the qualified city is located under the general property tax act, 1893 PA 206, MCL 211.1 to 211.157, any of the following property held by the qualified city may be transferred to a local authority:
  (a) Tax delinquent real property for which a lien has been deemed sold to a city department director under the charter or ordinances of the qualified city, except for property that was deeded to a department director less than 2 years before the proposed transfer to the local authority.
  (b) Tax delinquent real property held by the city that has been foreclosed by the qualified city and for which title has vested in the city pursuant to procedures established under the charter or ordinances of the qualified city.
  (c) Any tax reverted property owned or under the control of the qualified city.
  (8) A qualified city may authorize the transfer with or without consideration of any real property or interest in real property to a local authority including, but not limited to, tax reverted property or interests in tax reverted property held or acquired after the creation of the local authority by the qualified city, with the consent of the local authority.
  (9) A qualified city and any agency or department of a qualified city, or any other official public body, may do 1 or more of the following:
  (a) Anything necessary or convenient to aid a local authority in fulfilling its purposes under this act.
  (b) Lend, grant, transfer, appropriate, or contribute funds to a local authority in furtherance of its purposes.
  (c) Lend, grant, transfer, or convey funds to a local authority that are received from the federal government or this state or from any nongovernmental entity in aid of the purposes of this act.
  (10) A local authority may reimburse advances made by a qualified city under subsection (9) or by any other person for costs eligible to be incurred by the local authority with any source of revenue available for use of the local authority under this act and enter into agreements related to these reimbursements. A reimbursement agreement under this subsection is not subject to section 305 of the revised municipal finance act, 2001 PA 34, MCL 141.2305.
  (11) A local authority may enter into agreements with the county treasurer of the county in which the qualified city is located for the collection of property taxes or the enforcement and consolidation of tax liens within that qualified city for any property or interest in property transferred to the local authority.
  (12) Unless specifically reserved or conditioned upon the approval of the governing body of a qualified city, all powers granted under this act to a local authority may be exercised by the local authority without the approval of the governing body of the qualified city, notwithstanding any charter, ordinance, or resolution to the contrary.
  (13) Prior to its effectiveness, an intergovernmental agreement under this section shall be filed with the county clerk of each county where a party to the agreement is located and with the secretary of state.
History: 2003, Act 258, Imd. Eff. Jan. 5, 2004
Compiler's Notes: For transfer of powers and duties relative to land bank fast track act, 2003 PA 258, performed by Michigan strategic fund to Michigan state housing development authority, see E.R.O. No. 2013-3, compiled at MCL 125.1393.
Now, that we have established that the Wayne County Land Bank Corporation never incorporated, hence the lack of a D & B number or DLA CAGE number, we have a situation where Eric Sabree seems to understand the process of law, readily understood as my Post Traumatic Fraud Syndrome with the Detroit Land Bank Authority, because I know who he talks to in real life.

See, if Wayne County files in actions in quiet title, in rem, in the court, guess whose name is going to be the Plaintiff?

Go ahead, you can say it.

Eric Sabree.

Yes, Boys & Girls, we shall sit back and wait, with cocktails in hand, to see if Eric will allow Wayne County Corporate Counsel to file these fraudulent actions en masse.

Yes, it is a wonderful idea to apply the quiet title process to "The Poors" because it is done every single day, all the time, but it is mostly done through fake LLCs.

Eric knows about LLCs because he has one, also, which owns Wayne County properties, but I do not know if the LLC has ever executed a quiet title action because I never looked it up...yet.

I wonder if Eric is going to reach out to Butch Hollowell for legal advice.

So, here we sit, with cocktail in hand, waiting to see if Eric is going to fight with Warren Evans and the Board of Commissioners, who are now, put on notice that the world is watching to see if Corporate Counsel is going to commit fraud upon the court because there does not exist a Wayne County Land Bank Corporation and the taxes are fake, anyway.

How can Eric collect on a fraudulent debt through a commission of fraud upon the court?

I bet Eric needs an icy cocktail because DOJ is not just watching, but so is the U.S. Treasury, Department of Homeland Security and FBI.

I bet there are a few other foreign intelligence agencies watching, too.

Of course, I shall not leave everyone is mindnumbing awe of how our county government administers the debt, because it seems we may also be looking at some SEC bond issues and grant issues with SIGTARP.

Here is my solution to address property tax delinquencies and foreclosures in Wayne County:

Federal Receivership

Tah dah!


Debate over proposal to forgive poor Detroiters' tax debt

Wayne County is considering forgiving the delinquent tax bills of poor Detroit homeowners under a new program, but the county's chief debt collector said Thursday he's opposed to the idea and it might be illegal.

The Quiet Title Exemption Program would have low-income Detroiters give temporary ownership of their homes to the Wayne County Land Bank, which would then file a court case that would wipe away the debt and return the homes to their owners.

The Quiet Title Exemption Program would have low-income Detroiters give temporary ownership of their homes to the Wayne County Land Bank, which would then file a court case that would wipe away the debt and return the homes to their owners.

The Quiet Title Exemption Program would have low-income Detroiters give temporary ownership of their homes to the Wayne County Land Bank, which would then file a court case that would wipe away the debt and return the homes to their owners. (Photo: Joel Kurth)

But one of the main obstacles appears to be whether it is legal. The land bank's staff members said they have an opinion from county lawyers who blessed the idea, but Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree said he doesn't believe judges can erase the debt.

At a land bank board meeting Thursday, Sabree said he's consulted with attorneys, including those who work with land banks and other experts.

"Not one of them have any support for something like this," said Sabree, who chairs the land bank. "The judge cannot extinguish taxes."

The goal is to help struggling owners keep their homes, giving them a "fresh start," said Wayne County Land Bank Executive Director Daniel Rosenbaum.

Foreclosures are down 5% this year, but close to 34,000 properties are on repayment plans, according to the treasurer's office.

Low-income Detroiters who qualify don't have to pay property taxes at all, but critics have argued the yearly application process for the property tax exemption is cumbersome and many don't realize it's available. The ACLU of Michigan sued the city of Detroit over the process in 2016, arguing it was also overtaxing owners with admittedly inflated assessments.

The household income of a family of four needs to be below $26,104 to qualify for the tax break. Detroit would be the only city in the county to qualify currently because it is alone in giving a 100% poverty tax exemption.

Under the proposal, owners who currently have a tax exemption would be forgiven for past years they owe, with the county accepting that they would have qualified in the past. If approved this year, the land bank hopes to start with a group of about 80-90 homes, which officials estimated would mean erasing about $150,000 in debt. It would cost owners $500 to file the court case, called a quiet title.

The land bank board members tabled the proposal Thursday and hope to call a special meeting in the next few weeks for further discussion.

"It makes sense to me," board member Tony Saunders said.

Sabree had other concerns, arguing that other taxing jurisdictions, such as the school district and library, weren't consulted. And he questioned whether the county would have to give refunds to low-income owners who had the exemption but were able to pay their past tax bills.

County Executive Warren Evans is supportive.

"We think it’s a good avenue to help some residents break the poverty cycle and keep them in their homes,” Evans said in a statement.

Rosenbaum said it's a temporary program aimed at helping homeowners until Lansing lawmakers change the law to allow retroactive property tax exemptions. That effort has stalled in recent years. Sabree said he's supportive of the legislation but said Thursday that he believes it has stalled because the city of Detroit hasn't weighed in.

A spokesman for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said they were reviewing the Quiet Title Exemption Program and a possible retroactive tax exemption.

"We are committed to reducing the financial burden on these individuals in order to keep them in their homes and are working hard to develop the best solution," John Roach said in a statement.

Jerry Paffendorf Asks Wayne County Treasurer What They Did With All The Property Tax Foreclosue Money

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

TRUMP: New Hampshire Rally - His Public Testimony In His Own Words

If no one has noticed, Trump has no press secretary.

He speaks to the people in the public square.

He bears witness to the world, in his own words, without script or script writer.

But does he have the right to bear arms?

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Cocktails & Popcorn: What Do Jeffrey Epstein, Ilhan Omar & Rashida Tlaib Have In Common?

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Wearing a head scarf is only proper fashion
etiquette when castigating willing participants
of a foreign invasion.
Q: What do Jeffrey Epstein, Ilhan Omar & Rashida Tlaib have in common?

A: #MeToo & Election Interference.

It seems Jeffrey Epstein's body was claimed by his brother, Mark Epstein.

Mark Epstein runs Humpty Dumpty.

Humpty Dumpty was sponsoring the trip for Ihan and Rashida, but it looks like it may be canceled.

Jeffrey Epstein was doing lots of stuff in Rashida's Congressional District, but she does not know yet because Trump continues to obstruct justice by keeping that IG Report in his backpocket.

Perhaps, Rashida should focus on impeachment, instead, that way Trump will be forced to remove that IG Report from his backpocket so that everyone can finally #sayhisname.

Be nice to Ilhan for she has her own election interference legal defense matters to prepare.

Besides, I do not believe Ilhan has a freakin' clue about SIGTARP or the gerrymandering of her District.

Poor thing.

Ilhan took over Keith Ellison's Congressional seat.

Rashida took over John Conyers's Congressional seat.

Both had #MeToo propaganda campaigns, but hey, what do I know?

I know I am waiting for Trump to stop obstructing justice and pull that IG Report from his backpocket.

I wonder if Dawud Walid is going to make a public statement, that should be fun.


Israel will block Tlaib, Omar from visiting country

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, at President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech.
Ilhan looking clueless.
Rashida looking stressed the fuck out.
Israel officially said Thursday it would bar U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from the country ahead of their planned trip next week to the Palestinian territories, reversing a previous decision.

"We will not allow the congresswomen to enter the country," Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said, according to the Jerusalem Post.

"We will not allow anyone who denies our right to exist in the world to enter the country. In principle, this is a very correct decision."

The decision was announced shortly after President Donald Trump had openly urged Israel to block the congresswomen from entering.

Trump, who has sparred in the press with Tlaib and Omar in recent weeks, tweeted Thursday morning that it would show "great weakness" on Israel's part if it allowed in the lawmakers, who are the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

"They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds," Trump wrote. "Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!"

Both Omar and Detroit's Tlaib, who is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, have criticized Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and support the movement to boycott, divest and impose sanctions against Israel.

Israel in 2017 passed a law giving the government the ability to deny entry to supporters of the boycott.

Tlaib of Detroit and Omar of Minnesota were expected to arrive in Israel this weekend for a five-day trip that would have included stops in Jerusalem as well as the West Bank cities of Hebron, Bethlehem and Ramallah, according to a source familiar with the planning.

The five-day journey wouldn't include any meetings with government officials but instead with students, human rights activists, humanitarian aid workers and business owners and investors.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who had pressed the Israeli government to allow Tlaib and Omar to enter the country, said discussions were underway to ensure that Tlaib would at least see her family in the West Bank, where her grandmother still lives.

Hoyer's efforts included speaking directly on Wednesday toIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, who said last month ​that no member of Congress would be denied entry to Israel.

Hoyer on Thursday urged Netanyahu to reconsider, calling his decision "wrong" and "unwarranted and self-destructive."

“The decision of the Israeli government to deny entry to Israel by two members of Congress is outrageous, regardless of their itinerary or their views," the Maryland Democrat said in a statement.

"This action reflects weakness, not strength. Instead, the Israeli government should seek to engage these members of Congress in a dialogue regarding Israel’s security and the future of both Israelis and Palestinians.

"When members of Congress visit Israel, they gain a stronger appreciation for its unique challenges and the existential threats that endanger Israel’s survival as a Jewish, democratic state," he added.

Israel often hosts delegations of members of Congress, who typically meet with senior Israeli officials as well as Palestinian officials in the West Bank.

Tlaib's planned trip was to follow on the heels of just such a visit to Israel by 70 members of Congress as part of the annual delegation sponsored by the pro-Israel group AIPAC’s educational arm.

Neither Tlaib nor Omar went on the AIPAC trip, but the group said Thursday they should be allowed entry into Israel.

"We disagree with Reps. Omar and Tlaib’s support for the anti-Israel and anti-peace BDS movement, along with Rep. Tlaib’s calls for a one-state solution," AIPAC said in a statement.

"We also believe every member of Congress should be able to visit and experience our democratic ally Israel firsthand."

Trump has targeted Tlaib and Omar with repeated attacks in recent months, including a series of tweets a month ago in which he said they should “go back” to the countries they came from. Both are U.S. citizens, and Tlaib was born in Detroit.

Several of Tlaib and Omar's colleagues in Congress were quick to speak out Thursday against barring the congresswomen from visiting Israel.

U.S. Rep. Andy Levin, D-Bloomfield Township, called it a "completely misguided decision that reeks of political motivation."

He said Israel should reject Trump's "bigoted, wedge-driving political tactics."

"Congresswoman Tlaib, whose family lives in the West Bank, and Congresswoman Omar, who is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, deserve to be treated with the dignity and respect that any other Member of Congress would receive," said Levin, who is Jewish and sits on the Foreign Affairs panel.

"This decision pulls at the seams of our two countries’ important relationship and endangers Israel by attempting to politicize American support for the country."

Rep. Justin Amash, an independent representing the Grand Rapids area, said Israel should "stand up to President Trump and allow our colleagues to visit."

"Nobody has to agree with their opinions, but it will inevitably harm U.S.-Israel relations if members of Congress are banned from the country," tweeted Amash, whose parents are from Palestine and Syria.

"We must find ways to come together; there’s enough division."

Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, also condemned the decision, saying Israel barring members of Congress "hurts our alliance and runs contrary to our shared Democratic values.

"It is shameful that President Trump has politicized the U.S.-Israel relationship to try and divide people," said Kildee, House Democrats' chief deputy whip.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina, said the action is "antithetical to our countries’ shared democratic values that are the basis for a strong, bipartisan alliance.

"Disagreements among our citizens — elected officials in particular — must be addressed through engagement, not ostracism," Clyburn added.

David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee, an advocacy group, said Israel "did not choose wisely" in reversing its initial decision to admit the congresswomen, while highlighting that Tlaib and Omar had not requested any meetings with Israeli officials or lawmakers nor briefings from Israeli experts.

"The failure of the legislators to include any Israeli perspectives whatsoever reveals this to have been not a fact-finding mission, but rather a propaganda exercise. They went so far as to call the trip a 'Delegation to Palestine,' making it clear that they were not coming to hear from various points of view, but rather to undermine the very legitimacy of the State of Israel," Harris said in a statement.

"While we fully respect Israel’s sovereign right to control entry into the country, a right that every nation employs, and while we are under no illusions about the implacably hostile views of Reps. Omar and Tlaib on Israel-related issues, we nonetheless believe that the costs in the U.S. of barring the entry of two members of Congress may prove even higher than the alternative."

Several former Israeli diplomats spoke out on Twitter against the decision.

Arthur Lenk, formerly Israel’s ambassador to South Africa, said barring Omar and Tlaib “would be sinking us deeper into U.S. domestic political quagmire.”

Alon Pinkas, formerly Israel’s consul in New York, called such an action “fake policy” and said Israel should instead “engage Omar and Tlaib, show them where they are wrong or have a partial and skewed perception of reality.”

Organizers of Tlaib's trip were still waiting Thursday on the required approval of the House Ethics Committee.

Under House rules, the lawmakers needed the go-ahead of the committee because the journey is privately funded, but the committee issuing approval within days of departure is not unusual.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Kwame Kilpatrick & Trump - A Match Made To Bring Down The Heavens

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Kwame Kilpatrick’s son pleads with President Trump to commute ex-Mayor’s sentence

The effort to commute the sentence of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick by appealing to President Donald Trump continues as Kilpatrick’s youngest son Jonas Kilpatrick recently filmed a video directed at the president asking for help.

In a one-minute video released on the “Freekwameproject” Facebook page, Jonas describes how he misses having his father in his life and begs Trump to commute the 28-year prison sentence Kwame is currently serving.

Jonas addresses Trump by first talking about how he’s been without his father for seven years now and that he recently graduated high school without his father in attendance. Jonas then says that while he missed having his father there for such a special day, it’s other moments that he feels he’s truly missing out on.

“It’s the little things. Taking me to school, grabbing a bite to eat, talking about girls, talking about basketball, but most importantly, him being present to show me an example and be a model for how a man should move and express himself and carry himself in everyday life," Jonas Kilpatrick said.

“Every day that my father is in prison is another day that I lose. I feel cheated. So I’m asking you, Mr. President, to please grant my father mercy, commute his sentence and bring him home to his family. Please. Thank you, Mr. President.”

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Kwame Kilpatrick, 49, is currently serving a 28-year sentence after he was convicted in 2013 on 24 felonies related to public corruption, including racketeering, bribery and extortion. He is not scheduled to be released from prison until 2037.

In June, Kwame penned a lengthy letter to Trump -- his second official plea to the president -- saying that he applauded Trump’s willingness to fly in the face of political tradition while also laying out why Kilpatrick feels his sentence should be commuted.

If the sentence were commuted it does not mean his crimes would be vacated. Instead, Kilpatrick could be released from prison but the conviction would remain on his record or Trump could elect to reduce the sentence.

In 2018, Kwame reached out to Trump to ask that he be pardoned for his crimes. Trump has not responded to any of the requests thus far by the Kilpatrick family or their supporters.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Trump Nominates RFRA Trafficker Of Tiny Humans, Tom Leonard As Grand Rapids U.S. Attorney

Image result for eating watching stupidYou have no idea how much I want Tom Leonard to get this nomination just so I can see his face when he takes a look at what has been in the indictment pipeline, for about the last two years, if he gets that far.

Tom has an amazing career.

Tom used to work for Mike Cox.

Tom used to work for David Leyton

Tom used to work for Quicken Loans.

Tom is a life member of the NRA.

Tom likes to help the Michigan Catholic Conference in the trafficking of tiny humans for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Trump taps former House speaker as Grand Rapids U.S. attorney

President Donald Trump has nominated Michigan’s former House Speaker Tom Leonard to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan.
Tom Leonard
President Donald Trump has nominated Michigan’s former House Speaker Tom Leonard to be U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan, even as a criminal bribery case against one of his Republican caucus members is prosecuted from the office.

The announcement of Leonard, a former assistant attorney general and assistant prosecutor, as the nominee was made Wednesday. The position requires Senate confirmation.

The DeWitt Republican said Trump's consideration was an "incredible honor."

"Since becoming a prosecutor in Genesee County, my heart has been to work with law enforcement to keep our citizens safe," Leonard said in a Wednesday statement. "I look forward to working with the White House and the Senate as we work through the confirmation process."

If confirmed, Leonard would oversee an office prosecuting one of his former caucus members for charges that stemmed from a controversial prevailing wage initiative vote during Leonard's tenure as speaker. He also is the subject of a civil lawsuit in the Western District alleging the former House speaker used his influence to pressure an insurance association to fire its lobbyist.

The civil lawsuit against Leonard wouldn't have much of an impact on his duties as U.S. attorney, said Peter Henning, a law professor at Wayne State University.

Leonard also could recuse himself from criminal case against his former Republican colleague, Henning siad.

"That doesn’t preclude him from becoming the U.S. attorney, but it will require him to not have any involvement in that prosecution," Henning said.

The Western District has been lacking a Senate-confirmed U.S. attorney since early 2017.

Andrew Birge has served as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan since the day Trump took office on Jan. 20, 2017, when Democratic U.S. Attorney Pat Miles resigned from the office. Why is it reported that Miles 'resigned' when McQuade was 'fired'? Odd. Birge first served as acting U.S. attorney and then in November 2017 was appointed interim U.S. attorney by then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In March 2018, the U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids named him U.S. attorney.

Several Republican lawmakers applauded Trump's consideration of Leonard for the position, including Congressman John Moolenaar of Midland, who called Leonard "an experienced prosecutor who has always been focused on public safety and ensuring justice for Michigan families."

Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow did not voice the same enthusiasm about Leonard.

“Sen. Stabenow has strong concerns over Mr. Leonard’s nomination,” spokeswoman Miranda Margowsky said.

“As part of her constitutional duty as U.S. senator, she will be thoroughly reviewing his background and qualifications.”

A spokesman for Democratic Sen. Gary Peters said the congressman would review Leonard's qualifications.

“Senator Peters takes seriously the Senate’s responsibility to advise and consent on nominees, and will closely review Tom Leonard’s qualifications," said Zade Alsawah. "However, Senator Peters has deep concerns about Mr. Leonard’s tenure in the Michigan House of Representative, including as Speaker, and if his experience and record are appropriate for serving as a U.S. attorney.”

A former Genesee County assistant prosecutor and assistant attorney general, Leonard served in the state House from 2012 to 2018, with his last two years spent as speaker. Leonard served in the special crimes division while working in Genesee County and practiced civil defense for the Michigan Department of Corrections under Republican former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox.

Leonard formed a consulting firm after departing the Legislature at the end of 2018 called MiStrategies LLC and named Quicken Loans as his first client.

Leonard ran an unsuccessful campaign to become Michigan’s  attorney general in 2018, losing to Plymouth Democrat Dana Nessel. They tussled over issues from the future of Enbridge's Line 5 running under the Straits of Mackinac to the potential enforcement of state abortion laws.

It was the tightest of the top statewide races as Leonard didn't concede until the morning of Nov. 7. The Republican's failure to concede earlier prompted Nessel to quip at a 2 a.m. Nov. 7 press conference: "Tom Leonard, if you're watching this, feel free to call me and concede at any time."

Leonard had promised to be a “rule of law” attorney general who would tackle mental health issues, elder abuse and government transparency complaints.

Miles also made a bid for the Democratic nomination for Michigan attorney general, but lost the party’s endorsement to Nessel.

Potential case conflict

Leonard was still House speaker in June 2018 when the Republican-majority House and Senate approved a controversial repeal of Michigan's prevailing wage law, which guaranteed union rates on state construction jobs. The House vote and some of the negotiations that occurred beforehand gave rise to federal charges against a Traverse City area legislator months later in the Western District.

Rep. Larry Inman, R-Williamsburg, is charged with trying to sell his vote to a union group opposed to the June 2018 prevailing wage repeal. Prosecutors have included text messages Inman exchanged ahead of the vote, including ones with the union in general and Leonard's then-chief of staff, Dan Pero.

According to federal filings in the case, Pero told Inman, "You're on edge, pal," and warned the lawmaker that he already risked losing financial support from business community donors and political action committees because of votes on other bills.

“You’ve been a no vote on the income tax and no fault; you support fee increases; and if you become a no vote on PW, there’s zero incentive for the big PACs to write you a check,” Pero texted. “You vote yes on PW, my friend, you will get a pass on the other votes.”

Inman ended up voting to approve the repeal of the prevailing wage law.

Last September, former lobbyist Nathan Medina filed suit against Leonard in the Western District, alleging that the House speaker pressured his employer, The Doctors Management Company, in November 2017 to fire him after he had criticized Leonard’s performance as speaker on social media and panned musician Ted Nugent’s endorsement of Leonard’s run for Michigan attorney general.

In court filings, Leonard has denied pressuring the insurance company or intervening in the lobbyist’s employment. The Doctors Management Company has denied Leonard contacted or pressured them about the social media posts and denied Medina was fired for voicing his political views.

In July, parties to the lawsuit were given until the end of August to complete discovery in the case.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Fat, Dumb & Happy - The Next Phase Of The UAW Corruption Climbs Up Another Rung On The TARP Ladder Of Stealin'

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On this exciting episode of Cocktails & Popcorn, we have ascended another rung on the ladder of stealin' by exposing another layer of what it is like to be "Fat, Dumb & Happy" in Detroit.

I would be honored to meet the USAA who coined this profound phrase.

Feds charge ex-UAW leader in growing corruption scandal

Detroit — A former senior United Auto Workers official has been charged with wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering, marking an expansion of a federal corruption investigation that has spread beyond Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

Michael Grimes — who until last year served as administrative assistant to UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada — received $1.99 million in kickbacks from union vendors, according to the government.

Mike Grimes, left, and UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada.
Mike Grimes & Cindy Estrada
He and other unnamed union officials assigned to General Motors Co. were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks from vendors who received contracts to produce promotional merchandise for the UAW, according to a criminal case unsealed Wednesday.

The criminal charges, which could send Grimes to federal prison for up to 20 years, help federal investigators pierce the inner circle of Estrada, a sitting UAW vice president and head of the union's FCA department who has been under scrutiny for almost two years. The case also expands the scope of a criminal investigation that, until now, focused on Fiat Chrysler executives trying to influence contract negotiations by giving UAW officials money, lavish trips and more.

The criminal filing Wednesday described old-school corruption and greed that deprived UAW members of honest leadership and involved officials in charge of the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, a training center for blue-collar workers. The alleged scheme also defrauded the training center, prosecutors said.

“This is the first shoe to drop involving General Motors and the UAW,” said Peter Henning, a Wayne State University law professor and former federal prosecutor. "It raises the question of what kind of monitoring the UAW was doing, or was there any?"

The criminal case was filed four months after The Detroit News exclusively reported that federal investigators were reviewing whether UAW leaders received kickbacks after giving business executives contracts to produce union-branded clothes and trinkets.

Grimes is the ninth person charged in an ongoing investigation, and the criminal case embroils a training center for blue-collar workers jointly operated by the UAW and GM.

“Mike Grimes benefited only himself, not the UAW membership, and should be fully prosecuted to the extent of the law," union spokesman Brian Rothenberg wrote in an email to The News.

Joe Ashton, left, and Cindy Estrada
Joe Ashton & Cindy Estrada
The allegations involve a key UAW official who served alongside Estrada, who was assigned to the union's GM department until last year, when she was transferred to head the scandal-plagued Fiat Chrysler department. The News reported in November 2017 that federal investigators were interested in Joe Ashton, a retired UAW vice president appointed to GM’s board in 2014, and Estrada, his successor.

Ashton resigned from GM's board one month after The News report.

"GM has been fully cooperating with the government on its investigation of the UAW Center for Human Resources, and will continue to do so," a GM spokesman said Wednesday. "As a matter of practice, we do not comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation."

Investigators have expanded the inquiry to all three Detroit automakers and also are focused on whether senior UAW staff were forced to contribute to accounts originally established to buy flowers for autoworkers' funerals, and whether union leaders kept the cash.

Grimes, 65, of Fort Myers, Florida, was charged in a criminal information, which indicates a guilty plea is expected. That could give federal prosecutors another key cooperator in the ongoing investigation.

“I am aware of the charges brought against Mr. Grimes,” Grimes' lawyer Michael Manley wrote in a text to The News. “There will be no comment on the charges or any potential resolution at this time.”

Grimes has not returned calls or message left by The News since April.

The criminal case focuses on self-dealing and kickbacks allegedly paid to union leaders for awarding deals for UAW-branded trinkets, including more than $3.9 million spent on commemorative watches that were never distributed to union members.

The alleged conspiracy started in 2006 and lasted until July 2018, according to the government. During that time, Grimes worked alongside Estrada and served on the UAW-GM training center board alongside Ashton and others. He was paid $150,574 a year.

The scheme described by prosecutors involved Grimes and two unnamed union officials allegedly enriching themselves by deceptively soliciting, influencing and obtaining contracts for two vendors. One contractor, identified by the government as "Vendor A," owned a family-operated business that sold American-made custom logo products, including clothes and accessories.

The second contractor, identified as "Vendor B," was a chiropractor based in Philadelphia and southern New Jersey. The chiropractor treated one of the unnamed union officials for years.

Ashton, 71, lives in Ocean View, New Jersey.

In August 2012, the chiropractor opened a new business that purportedly sold American-made custom watches. The company's only income came from the UAW and the training center operated with GM.

During the alleged conspiracy, Grimes and the two unnamed UAW officials demanded and accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from the two vendors, prosecutors said.

In 2006, Grimes recommended "Vendor A" provide 23,000 watches to the UAW-GM training center, according to court records. After awarding the contract, Grimes demanded a loan to buy property in Rose Township in northern Oakland County, prosecutors said. The vendor refused and Grimes threatened to cancel the watch contract, according to court records.

"Fearing economic harm to his company, Vendor A agreed to provide a mortgage for $60,000 so that Michael Grimes could buy the property," prosecutors wrote. The vendor also agreed to pay Grimes $1,800 per month for consulting work. The monthly payments rose to $3,800 per month and continued until Grimes retired in July 2018, according to the government.

Grimes also demanded bribes in exchange for not interfering with the vendor's business, according to prosecutors. To hide the bribes, the vendor wrote checks payable to "KKG Consulting," which prosecutors called a sham company. State business records show the company was created by Grimes' wife Karen in 2001.

Karen Grimes
Karen Grimes (Photo: Lee County Sheriff's Office)

From 2010 through 2017, the vendor paid Grimes almost $900,000, prosecutors said, adding that Grimes was involved in another tainted contract in 2011.

This time, an unnamed UAW official identified as "Union Official 1" proposed buying 50,000 "Team UAW-GM" jackets using training center funds. Grimes recommended steering the contract to "Vendor A," prosecutors said.

The vendor later received a $6 million contract. A second unnamed union official directed Grimes to demand an approximately $300,000 kickback for "Union Official 1" prosecutors said. The official received the money in 2012.

Grimes also demanded a $525,000 kickback and threatened to cancel the jacket contract, prosecutors said. Grimes later increased his demand and received $530,000 from the vendor, which he spent paying off property in Fenton, according to the government.

In 2016, Grimes received a $500,000 kickback from the same vendor in exchange for awarding a $5.8 million contract to provide backpacks for UAW members, prosecutors said. The money was funneled through Karen Grimes' sham company, according to the government.

Grimes also received money from another watch contract involving the Pennsylvania chiropractor, prosecutors said.

In 2012, "Union Official 1" told the chiropractor to create a new company so the UAW could buy more than 50,000 watches.

The next year, the UAW-GM training center awarded a $3.97 million contract to the vendor for 58,000 watches. In May 2013, "Union Official 1" demanded a $250,000 kickback, money that was hand-delivered to the union official's home, prosecutors said. A second UAW official also received kickbacks from the watch vendor, according to the government.

To conceal the scheme, the watch vendor wrote "antique furniture" or "furniture" in the memo line of the checks. The second UAW official split some of the money with Grimes, prosecutors said.

The watch contract kickbacks continued until fall 2016, when news broke about the federal corruption investigation involving the UAW and Fiat Chrysler.

"Union Official 1" met with the watch vendor and said "the payments had to stop because of the UAW/Fiat Chrysler investigation," prosecutors said.

The UAW-GM training center received the watches anyway. The 58,000 watches are not on UAW member wrists, however — they are being stored in a warehouse at the training center.

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