Friday, August 23, 2019

DOJ: Two Queens Women Plead Guilty in Connection with Plan to Build Explosive Devices Similar to Those Used in Prior Terrorist Attacks in the United States - The New Women's Movement For Equal Justice

Equal protection and prosecution under the law.

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Asia Siddiqui and Noelle Velentzas, both citizens
of the United States and residents of Queens, pleaded guilty to teaching and distributing information pertaining to the making and use of an explosive, destructive device, and weapon of mass destruction, intending that it be used to commit a federal crime of violence.  The guilty pleas were entered before United States District Court Judge Sterling Johnson Jr.  When sentenced, the defendants face up to 20 years in prison.
“Inspired by radical Islam, Velentzas and Siddiqui researched and taught each other how to construct bombs to be used on American soil against law enforcement and military targets,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers. “They were thwarted by the excellent work of the agents, analysts and prosecutors who are responsible for this investigation and prosecution.  For this, we are grateful.”
“In an effort to implement their violent, radical ideology, the defendants studied some of the most deadly terrorist attacks in U.S. history, and used them as a blueprint for their own plans to kill American law enforcement and military personnel,” stated United States Attorney Richard P. Donoghue.  “Thanks to the tireless work of law enforcement, they were stopped before they could bring their murderous plans to fruition.” 
“Velentzas and Siddiqui were intent on waging violent jihad here in the United States, researching at length historical terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, educating themselves on how to turn propane tanks into explosive devices, and dreaming up plans to kill Americans on our own turf,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr.  “Today’s plea is not only a welcome end to this years-long investigation, but a credit to the FBI’s JTTF in New York and our many law enforcement partners who saw this through to the end.”
“This investigation and the subsequent guilty pleas are yet another example of how each day the NYPD and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force remain vigilant and relentless in their efforts to protect New York City and keep America safe,” stated NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill.  “I want to commend our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District for helping to bring these individuals to justice.”
Between approximately 2013 and 2015, Velentzas and Siddiqui planned to build a bomb for use in a terrorist attack in the United States.  In furtherance of their plan, the defendants taught each other chemistry and electrical skills related to creating explosives and building detonating devices; conducted research on how to make plastic explosives and how to build a car bomb; and shopped for and acquired materials to be used in an explosive device.  They discussed similar devices used in past terrorist incidents, including the Boston Marathon bombing, Oklahoma City bombing and 1993 World Trade Center attack, and they researched potential targets of attack, focusing on law enforcement and military-related targets. 
Siddiqui’s interest in violent terrorist-related activities was reflected in her written submissions to a radical jihadist magazine edited by Samir Khan, a now-deceased prominent figure and member of the designated foreign terrorist organization, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).  Velentzas similarly espoused violent rhetoric, praising the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and stating that being a martyr through a suicide attack guaranteed entrance into heaven.  Velentzas specifically singled out government targets stating, “you go for the head” when you commit a terrorist attack. 
When the defendants were arrested, law enforcement officers seized propane gas tanks, soldering tools, car bomb instructions, jihadist literature, machetes and several knives from their residences. 
The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s National Security & Cybercrime Section.  Assistant United States Attorneys Craig R. Heeren, Jennifer M. Sasso, Michael T. Keilty, Josh Hafetz and Jonathan E. Algor are in charge of the prosecution, with assistance provided by Trial Attorney Jennifer Burke of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Did Detroit FBI Pull Another LARP? - Michigan Senators Bizon & Scalf Have Campaign Websites Hacked - Reporting Failed To Mention It

I looked at the headline and said to myself, "Medicaid fraud in child welfare." just because I saw a christian cross, strategically placed on the mantel, hovering over his head as a visual halo, and a box of toys, like a Santa Claus.

So I checked his partner, John Bizon, because his name sounds like Bijan Kian, not that there exists any financial sinews that I know about.

I went to Wikipedia to look at his political career, but was more impressed with his military career as a doctor for military pilots.
After graduating from the Air Force's Flight Surgeon’s school, Air Force pilots became Bizon's primary patients. His military career included stations in San Antonio, TX at Lackland Air Force Base, the Upper Peninsula at K-I Sawyer Air Force Base and the Clark Air Base in the Philippines where Bizon took care of combat pilots, servicemen and women and civilians during the Vietnam War. After leaving South East Asia, Bizon became a lieutenant colonel and ended his Air Force career serving in Michigan at K-I Sawyer before rejoining civilian life. 
It was at that point I felt the joyful spirit of Epstein as a pilot... and clicked the external link to his political campaign website to see that China, or at least that is what we are led to believe, had hacked it.

I could not stop myself from giggling, just because there exists the possibility of this being another federal LARP.

The article, below, failed to mention Bizon's campaign website was also hit.

It was just the timing of events that makes me think.

I wonder if we have any real property issues in the wings. <===(pun intended)

I have popcorn.

State senator's medical practice closed after ransomware attack

Dr. William Scalf poses for a portrait in his living room on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 in Battle Creek Mich. Dr. Scalf recently closed his medical practice after a computer virus held their information for ransom.
William Scalf
Dr. William Scalf returned from a vacation in April to find chaos in his Battle Creek medical office.

Inside Brookside ENT and Hearing Center, computers were shut down and wouldn't turn on. Years of patient information was lost. And there was one email sent from China asking for $6,500 in exchange for their patient records, schedules and information.

Scalf met with his partner, Dr. John Bizon, who also represents Calhoun, Barry and Ionia counties in the Michigan Senate. They contacted people they knew in the FBI.

The FBI told them they could pay the ransom, Scalf said, but there was no guarantee they would get the information back and there was nothing stopping the hackers from doing this again in the future. They advised the doctors not to pay.

And so Scalf and Bizon didn't.

They shut down their office instead.

Brookside ENT and Hearing Center is just one of thousands of victims of ransomware across the nation. Experts say it's is a problem that is growing and getting more complex by the day.

“It was a nightmare,” Scalf said.
Dr. John Bizon, 62nd State Representive speaks during
John Bizon at 911 ceremony

How does this happen?
Ransomware is a type of virus cybercriminals use to block users from accessing their files. The hackers hold the files hostage until a ransom is paid.

However, there is nothing forcing hackers to return a business’s files even when a ransom is paid, said Alex Hamerstone, who leads Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance at TrustedSec, an information security consulting firm outside Cleveland.

And, even if the information is returned initially, there is nothing stopping the hackers from holding the files for ransom again in the future.

“It really leaves you with no options,” Scalf said.

A report by Beazley Breach Briefing, a software insurance agency, said there were more than 3,300 ransomware attacks against U.S. businesses in 2018 and that 71% of those attacks were against small businesses.

“People don’t know that this happens nearly everyday across the country,” Hamerstone said. “I used to send news alerts to my co-workers every time one would happen, but it got to be too much.”

The healthcare industry has seen a rise in ransomware attacks, which Scott Shackleford, cybersecurity program chair at Indiana University, believes is because healthcare providers are often left with no other option than to pay the ransom because people’s lives could be in jeopardy if the information is lost.

“Unfortunately, medical providers might be more likely to pay up," he said. "They have some information that is critically needed, and the hackers know that."Hamerstone said this is a daily problem in the United States.

Local governments at risk
There are many ways cyber criminals can access a business’s files. Pop-up links on shopping websites and email phishing attacks are among the most common.

Scalf believes a secretary at his medical office clicked on a bad link while shopping online.

While many businesses simply block sites with known malware viruses, medical practices require research on the web, Scalf said, "so we can’t really put too many restrictions on it."

Scalf believes the hackers took control of the practice's system during a system-wide restore, which left their files vulnerable for a short period of time.

“They had gotten into our system earlier,” Scalf said. “They were just waiting for the right time to strike.”

Hamerstone said hackers target small businesses because they typically do not have strong protections or technology staff to prevent attacks.

Similarly, local governments have been hit particularly hard because they often have small information technology staffs, he said.

More 20 government entities in Texas were attacked by a coordinated ransomware virus earlier this month.

In April, the Genesee County reported a ransomware attack on their systems, which stalled normal business for several days.

In 2016, the Lansing Board of Water & Light paid a $25,000 ransom to unlock its internal communication system after it was attacked by ransomware. The publicly owned utility's total cost, which included the ransom and technology upgrades to prevent the issue in the future, totaled $2.4 million.

The city of Battle Creek staffs nine people in their Information Technology department, which is large in comparison to other city governments with similar size populations, Hamerstone said.

Sarah VanWormer, the city's director of Information Technology, said ransomware is one of the department's biggest concerns. She said they constantly educate the city officials on online safety and participate in classes that keep their staff up to date on the most recent trends.

“The biggest thing is education,” she said. “Someone has to do something to cause this to happen. If you keep yourself educated, you can prevent it from occurring.”

What can businesses do to prevent this?
There are many precautions businesses can take to prevent ransomware attacks, but Shackleford believes the way to protect data is backing up all information on a hard drive that is unplugged from the server.

"Backup, backup, backup," he said. "That's my best advice."

Scalf said that, if he could do things over, he would've made hard copies of all his files.

Education on recognizing email scams can also help a lot, Shackleford said. He said that one of the ways is by recognizing grammar mistakes and odd email addresses.

"If you come across an email that's from 'slimshady1010' it's probably a scam," he said. "It's important to get into a habit of checking those types of things." See, seasoned with a Detroit flavor.

He said that CEOs and high-ranking officials are usually not the targets of these attacks, so it is important to educate everyone in a business.

"They will target the CEO. And the CEO's support group. And their support group as well," he said.

The aftermath at Brookside ENT
Once the decision was made to not send the hackers their offered ransom, Scalf and Bizon still had patients with appointments scheduled that day. They just didn’t have any information on them.

So Scalf sat in his office and fielded each patient one by one. He was up front with them from the start: he had no information on them and no way to track their current appointment.

“Some decided to stay and still have their appointment,” Scalf said. “Some decided that they wanted to go elsewhere.”

He did this until all his patients had received word of what happened.

Hilarie Walters's daughter was supposed to have an appointment the next week at Brookside ENT with Bizon.

She made a call into the office the day before to confirm the location.

The woman who answered the phone said, "'I'm sorry, Hilarie, but we shut down,'" she said. "I said, 'Are you serious?'".

Without any of their patients' information, they couldn't make calls to inform them of the closure, she was told. Which was a disappointment, she said. Knowing earlier would have helped with finding a new doctor.

"I don't understand how they don't have patient information in a different file is all," she said.

In the aftermath of the ransomware attack, Scalf and Bizon, who did not respond to requests to be interviewed for this article, discussed their options. Since both were close to retirement already, they decided to shut the practice down.

All their information was lost, Scalf said, but none of it was released.

“It was a tough decision and experience as a whole,” he said. “It was a good thing it happened this late into our careers.”

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Cocktails & Popcorn: What Do A Special Prosecutor, Jussie Smollet, Bobby Rush, Hillary Clinton & Rahm Emanuel Have In Common?

Q: What do a special prosecutor, Jessie Smollet, Bobby Rush, Hillary Clinton & Rahm Emanuel have in common?

Special prosecutor named to look into Jussie Smollett case

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge appointed a special prosecutor Friday to look into why the Chicago state's attorney's office abruptly dropped the case against Jussie Smollett, leaving open the possibility that the former "Empire" actor could yet face charges in what police say was a phony attack on himself that he staged to get attention.

Smollett, who is black and gay, maintains that he was the target of a racist and homophobic attack in January. But if the special prosecutor, former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb, determines that the charges shouldn't have been dropped, he could recommend that they be reinstated or that new charges be brought.

Webb, who was appointed by Cook County Judge Michael Toomin during a Friday hearing, told reporters afterward that he would move the investigation along as quickly as possible. Such probes typically include impaneling a special grand jury, issuing subpoenas, taking witness statements and a final report.

"I intend to expedite everything. But the facts will take me where they take me," Webb said. "I'm going to start fresh and see where it goes."

The Cook County state's attorney's office charged Smollett in February with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly staging the attack and lying about it to investigators. However, it dropped the charges a month later with little explanation, angering city officials and the police.

Webb, who served as U.S. attorney in Chicago during the 1980s before going on to become arguably the city's most high-profile defense attorney of the last few decades, has been tapped to serve as a special prosecutor on five previous occasions. His list of high-profile clients has included former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, tobacco company Philip Morris and, more recently, Ukrainian energy oligarch Dymitro Firtash.

As a special prosecutor in 2012, Webb was asked to reopen the investigation into the death of David Koschman, who died after being punched in 2004 by then-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew. After an investigation of more than a year that included testimony from nearly 150 witnesses, Webb determined that charges were warranted.

Toomin said the 73-year-old Webb wasn't the first person he considered for the Smollett case. The judge was required by law to first see if the state attorney general, the appellate prosecutor or a state attorney from elsewhere in Illinois wanted the job. During Friday's hearing, he suggested few expressed interest in leading an investigation whose outcome will inevitably spark outrage in some quarters.

"I might say that the responses were less than enthusiastic, as you might expect," Toomin told the courtroom.

A former state appellate judge, Sheila O'Brien, petitioned for a special prosecutor earlier this year in what many believed was a long-shot to reopen the case. But in a surprise decision, Toomin ruled in June that a special prosecutors was, in fact, called for, citing "unprecedented irregularities" in how the case had been handled.

A Smollett spokeswoman declined to comment Friday. But in court filings last month, Smollett's attorneys sharply criticized Toomin's decision to appoint a special prosecutor with broad powers, calling the process a "travesty of justice."

Smollett, now 37, told police he was walking home early on Jan. 29 when two masked men approached him, made racist and homophobic insults, beat him and looped a noose around his neck before fleeing. He said his assailants, at least one of whom he said was white, told him he was in "MAGA country" — a reference to President Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."

Several weeks later, authorities alleged that Smollett had paid two black friends $3,500 to help him stage the attack because he was unhappy with his salary as an actor on "Empire" and wanted to drum up publicity for his career.

In his June ruling, Toomin suggested that the county's state's attorney, Kim Foxx, mishandled the case by appointing a top aide to oversee it after she recused herself.

Foxx had been in contact with a Smollett relative and was approached by former first lady Michelle Obama's one-time chief of staff on behalf of Smollett's family. Foxx explained at the time that she was recusing herself to avoid "even the perception of a conflict" of interest.

Foxx has said that Smollett was treated no differently than thousands of other defendants in low-level cases whose charges have been similarly dropped. She also publicly wondered if her being black had anything to do with the criticism she received.

She released a statement Friday pledging her office's "full cooperation" with Webb's investigation.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Paul Whelan Is Coming Home To Detroit From Russia

Ambulances and medical emergencies, the most efficient form of covert transport when coming to Detroit.

Ambulance called to Russian courthouse for accused spy Paul Whelan

Accused spy Paul Whelan says he entered Russia on BorgWarner visa.

An ambulance was called to a Moscow courtroom Friday morning for Michigan businessman Paul Whelan, who has been held in a Russian prison for eight months on allegations of espionage.

Whelan, 49, of Novi told the court that a guard at Lefortovo Prison injured him, and that he needed medical treatment.

"He was moving to another cell and they force(d) him to lift his own items and take it with him," his English-speaking lawyer, Olga Karlova, told the Free Press in an email message. "These items were heavy enough to make his hernia worse. We have submitted an appeal, which was supported by Paul, to make an operation on his hernia."

The judge stopped the court proceedings Friday so Whelan could be evaluated, Karlova said.

"His hernia is constantly painful," she said. "He said it to the judge and she decided to call the ambulance. Paul was examined in my presence. Every ... word was translated to the paramedic. She proved his hernia is painful, but there is no pinching at the moment so he needs a planned operation."

Read more:

Held in a Russian prison, Michigan man accused of spying faces medical crisis

Russia seeks prisoner exchange, but stops short of swap for Paul Whelan

Whelan had initially scheduled surgery to repair the hernia when he returned to the United States in January from his trip to Russia, his twin brother, David Whelan, told the Free Press last week. He'd traveled to Moscow to attend the wedding of a friend.

But Whelan, a former Marine who worked in global security for auto-parts supplier BorgWarner, didn't make it home in time for that scheduled surgery because he was arrested Dec. 28 in his room at the Metropol Hotel in Moscow.

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) alleges Whelan was caught with classified information on a flash drive. But Whelan insists he is not a spy. He said he thought his friend had given him vacation photos, not classified information, on that flash drive.

After he was examined in court Friday, Whelan was ordered to continue to be held at Lefortovo Prison for several more months. If he is convicted of spying, he could serve up to 20 years in prison.

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine accused of spying in Moscow at the end of 2018, stands in a cage while waiting for a detention hearing in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.
Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine accused of spying in Moscow at the end of 2018, stands in a cage while waiting for a detention hearing in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko, AP)

In a video posted to YouTube Friday by Ruptly, a Russian news video service, his lawyer, Vladimir Zherebenkov, said he is hopeful Whelan will be exonerated.

"More and more information surfaces that shows it was a provocation," Zherebenkov told reporters outside the court. "It was a set up, even though the investigation committee does not agree."

He said Whelan remains in high spirits and is handling the stress of his ongoing incarceration well.

"But you know, there are things he does not understand," he said. "Our justice system is different. The way the investigation is carried out is also different than what he is accustomed to. It’s been eight months already, so quite unusual for him.

"And also he lives in conditions which are very much unusual for him. He is deprived of things he is accustomed to. He has only one hour for walking around. ... He wants justice. Unfortunately, justice comes not that often."

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. marine, left, who was arrested for alleged spying in Moscow at the end of 2018, is escorted by Federal Security Service officers to a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.
Paul Whelan, a former U.S. marine, left, who was arrested for alleged spying in Moscow at the end of 2018, is escorted by Federal Security Service officers to a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko, AP)

Zherebenkov said it's likely that the final charges will be presented in the next two weeks. Then, his attorneys will examine the documents, work to overcome the translation issues and also seek surgery for Whelan.

"By December, I think we will be 80% ready" for a trial, Zherebenkov said. "Of course, it all depends on Paul’s condition."

Whelan holds four passports. He is an American citizen who was born in Canada to British parents and Irish grandparents. The consulates in all four countries have said they are working to support him.

"There remains no reason for his arrest or continued detention," his brother David Whelan said in an email last week. "No trial. No evidence. ...

"Paul has said that he keeps up his morale in part due to his Marine Corps SERE (survival, evasion, resistance, and escape) training. He has indicated in letters home that, so far, it has helped him maintain his hopes for release, safeguard his personal security in Lefortovo prison, and withstand the coercion the FSB has engaged in to get a false confession.

"... As the months drag on, we hope that a diplomatic solution will be found to bring Paul home."

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Another Section Of The Wall Is Built - N-DEx, CODIS & The Central Registry Of Child Abuse & Neglect

The U.S. is building the wall.

The wall is an AI cybersecurity wall because the U.S. does not have one.

N-Dex and CODIS are sections of the wall.

The other side of the John Walsh Act is the States Central Registry of Child Abuse and Neglect that no one wants to talk about because citizenship of children is not documented in child welfare.

Children are transferred to the custody of the States privatized, foreign corporations, where no one wants to talk about the policy of ICPC, which is not a law.

With a database, one can no longer file false claims, but do not tell that to DHS an its new immigration rule which allows a private, foreign corporation, like Bethany Christian, to keep families together, in the least restrictive, contained environment under human asset management systems, indefinitely, for billing purposes, transferring rights to the corporate parent.

So, if a foreign corporate parent has sole, legal custody and guardianship of immigrant humans, what is the citizenship of the human assets of the foreign corporation?

And this is why we are building the wall.

N-DEx System Helps Law Enforcement Identify Offenders

National Data Exchange (N-DEx) SealCriminal justice investigators across the nation use the FBI’s National Data Exchange (N-DEx) System in their daily work to connect people, places, things, and events—often across jurisdictional boundaries—that may at first glance seem unrelated. Recent N-DEx successes include identifying a suspect in a homicide case, identifying a felon involved in a fraud case, and locating three probationers who traveled outside jurisdictions into neighboring states. Here are details from the cases and information on how investigators used the N‑DEx System to close them successfully.

Homicide Suspect in North Carolina
Recently, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina was investigating a drug-related homicide. Officers believed the suspect and the victim knew each other, since the victim had been talking on the telephone with the subject just before the homicide. The only information the officers had was a phone number they obtained from the victim’s cell phone. Charlotte-Mecklenburg staff searched the phone number in several databases without success. Finally, they ran the number in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Law Enforcement Information Exchange (LInX) System and received a hit from the LInX System’s access to the N-DEx System.

The N-DEx System record included a name and address related to an effort by the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) to locate the suspect on a separate warrant. With the information from the USMS report, Charlotte-Mecklenburg staff obtained a photograph and subsequently positively identified the suspect. The suspect was arrested for murder and robbery, and the case was closed.
Felony Fraud Case in Tennessee

An investigator with the Belle Meade Police Department (BMPD) in Tennessee was investigating a felony fraud case involving a small group of professional con men who targeted female senior citizens. The women hired the men to perform odd jobs such as vehicle, driveway, or roofing repairs, but the men fraudulently overcharged the women for inferior work.
The investigator queried the subjects using the National Crime Information Center and the Interstate Identification Index, but found no records. However, when the investigator accessed the Regional Information Sharing System’s Regional Organized Crime Information Center portal and logged into the N-DEx System, he found multiple incident reports showing a pattern of similar complaints in other states.
One such incident in Glenview, Illinois, was nearly identical to the Tennessee case. The report included the details of the main subject, noting the man’s comment that he knew what he was doing was wrong, but he was there just for the money. When the BMPD investigator presented this information to the subject, he reacted uncomfortably and showed signs of his guilt.

Members of the group are currently awaiting trial in Tennessee. The investigator credited the N-DEx System with saving time and effort by helping him identify patterns in seemingly unrelated crimes and connecting him to law enforcement staff in Illinois. The investigator praised the N-DEx System, saying, “N‑DEx is one of the most valuable tools in my 35 years in law enforcement.”
Probation Absconders in New Mexico

An executive assistant in the Security Threat Intelligence Unit of the New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) searched the N-DEx System for any recent records on probationers who had absconded from their jurisdictions. Using the N-DEx System’s batch search tool to query multiple individuals at once, the executive assistant found three subjects who had fled and were later arrested in other jurisdictions.

Five days before the search, the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office in Texas booked one subject for burglary, assault, public intoxication, and other offenses. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office in Texas arrested a second subject earlier in April for possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence. Twelve days prior to the search, an agency in Durango, CO, booked the third subject for driving while intoxicated.

The executive assistant verified the custody status of the subjects, then forwarded the updated information to the relevant NMCD officers. Those officers placed holds on the subjects, which means they will serve their sentences, then be returned to the NMCD.
National Data Exchange (N-DEx) Seal

For more information about how your agency can use the N-DEx System to help further its investigations, contact the N-DEx Program Office at or call 304-625-0555.

National Data Exchange (N-DEx)

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What Do Rick Gates, Skadden, Perkins Coie Sucks & Detroit Land Bank Authority Have In Common?

Q: What do Rick Gates, Skaaden, Perkins Coie Sucks and the Detroit Land Bank Authority have in common?

A1: They are all "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending);

A2: They were all mean to my Sweetie;

A3: Oleg the Ass and his rogue ass Detroit - NABU crew were stealin' the children, the land and the votes.

A4: Whitewater grand jury is ongoing; and,

A5: I am on a mission....

Cocktails & Popcorn: Pence Came To Detroit To Cover Up The War Crimes Of Jeffrey Epstein - Detroit Land Bank Authority, Dan Gilbert, Mike Duggan, Children's Trust Funds & Skadden

Former Manafort deputy Rick Gates testifies against Greg Craig

Rick Gates Rick Gates, the former Trump deputy campaign chairman and a central witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, appeared in federal court again on Thursday to testify against former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig at his ongoing trial connected to a Ukraine-related legal project that Craig did involving Gates’ former boss Paul Manafort.

Gates’ turn as a prosecution witness on Thursday morning was his first public court appearance since he took the stand a year ago at the trial of Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, on tax and bank fraud charges brought by Mueller.

Gates served as Manafort’s right-hand man for about a decade, including the period in 2012 when Manafort oversaw an in-depth review that Craig conducted of the widely criticized trial of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko of Ukraine on abuse-of-power charges.

The project — billed as an independent review of the controversial prosecution — was commissioned by Manafort’s main client at the time, President Viktor Yanukovych, and secretly funded by a Ukrainian steel oligarch who backed Yanukovych, Viktor Pinchuk.

Craig served in 2009 as President Barack Obama’s first White House counsel, was a key figure in Obama’s first presidential bid and had previously joined President Bill Clinton’s White House to defend him against impeachment. Craig is charged with scheming to conceal material facts during a Justice Department inquiry into his Ukraine work and whether it required him to file under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Prosecutors say Craig was intent on not doing so because he believed that such a filing would harm his chances of a senior post in a future Democratic administration. Detailed disclosures called for under that statute could have undermined the credibility of the review by exposing the secret funding of the $4.6 million project by Pinchuk and by revealing a parallel assignment that Craig’s law firm at the time, Skadden Arps, had to advise Ukraine’s government on a planned second trial of Tymoshenko on other charges, prosecutors contend.

While Craig isn’t charged with failing to register as a foreign agent, a key issue at the trial is whether he was honest with Justice Department officials about his role in release of the report, which included providing an advance, embargoed version of the review to the veteran New York Times national security reporter David Sanger.

The Times’ relatively short story on the topic, co-authored by Sanger and Times reporter David Herszenhorn — who is now with POLITICO Europe — was skeptical in tone, but did note that Craig sided with the Ukrainian government on several important issues related to Tymoshenko.

Gates maintained, however, that the decision to go to The Times through Craig had the desired effect.

“The overall strategy worked. … The article wasn’t the greatest, but at least it was viewed neutrally, so it did have an impact,” Gates said. “From our viewpoint, the success of it was very great.”

Gates conceded that Craig ultimately refused to participate in many of the rollout-related activities that were part of the various plans, but the Manafort aide was emphatic that Craig’s contact with Sanger was a part of the Ukraine team’s broader effort.

“Did Mr. Craig carry out the role that he had promised to carry out in relation to The New York Times?” prosecutor Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez asked.

“He did,” Gates said.

Gates also testified Thursday that, to his knowledge, Craig was the first to raise the possibility of essentially leaking the report to Sanger.

“Mr. Craig had named a reporter from The New York Times as somebody who … he had a specific relationship with that could help with that effort,” Gates said. “He said Mr. Sanger is a tough reporter but a fair reporter, and we wouldn’t necessarily get a good article, but he’s very credible in the space.”

Gates said Craig never said in detail how he knew Sanger. “He just said historically,” Gates said.

Gates also testified that there was some secrecy surrounding the selection of Sanger, at least for a time.

“Mr. Manafort asked me to keep the name [of] Mr. Sanger off of any material going back and forth” with the lobbying firms working on the project in the U.S., Mercury and Podesta Group, Gates said. He did not elaborate on the need for confidentiality, but did say later that some on the Ukraine team had misgivings about trying to go through Sanger to “seed” the report.

“There was a concern raised by one of the other consultants in terms of Sanger and whether he would actually put out a favorable article,” Gates said.

The release of the report was the focus of months of painstaking choreography by Manafort, Gates and a coterie of public relations advisers and lobbyists seeking to improve Yanukovych’s public image and put his country on a path to greater integration with the European Union.

However, Craig’s defense insists that his actions to publicize the Tymoshenko report — including by hand-delivering a copy of the review to Sanger’s Washington home — were not part of the media plan Manafort and Gates labored over.

Craig and his defense lawyers have argued that his contacts with the press were solely aimed at protecting his and Skadden’s reputation in the face of repeated indications that Manafort’s team and others working for Ukraine’s government intended to falsely portray the rather equivocal report as a vindication of the prosecution and imprisonment of Tymoshenko, Yanukovych’s key political rival.

Craig, 74, has pleaded not guilty and denies that he ever sought to lie to or mislead U.S. officials about his role in the project or the core issue in the trial: his involvement in the rollout of the report in the media in December 2012.

Campoamor initially led Gates through his education and work history, with the former Trump campaign deputy chairman saying in passing that he is “unemployed.” Less than 15 minutes into Gates’ testimony, the prosecutor returned to that issue, leading Gates into an explanation of why he’s been out of work for the past two years.

“I was indicted in 2017 in relation to a larger investigation,” Gates said. He did not immediately mention that it was Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe, but jurors saw a document mentioning the “Special Counsel’s Office” and Campoamor later mentioned Mueller by name.

Under prompting by Campoamor, Gates went on to say that he pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in order to try to secure a sentence of probation rather than the five or six years called for under federal sentencing guidelines for conspiracy and false-statement charges.

“I agreed to tell the truth,” Gates said. “I agreed to help them with any other cases they were working on.”

Gates told jurors he has met with federal investigators about 40 times on a variety of different matters.

Gates spent less than an hour on the stand for the prosecution, before Craig lawyer Paula Junghans stepped up to try to demolish Gates’ credibility.

For nearly half an hour, Junghans led Gates through questions about the lengthy list of crimes he admitted to as part of the plea deal he struck last year, including tax fraud, failing to report foreign bank accounts and evading the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

“You pled guilty to conspiring to violate all of those federal statutes?” she asked.

“I did,” Gates said.

“You also get under the plea agreement a promise you won’t be prosecuted for other crimes … and you’ve committed quite a few,” Junghans said.

“Yes,” Gates replied.

Junghans got Gates to acknowledge that he hadn’t paid his own taxes in full, lied in a court deposition, lied to banks for loans and even lied to get a credit card. Gates also conceded, as he did at Manafort’s trial last year, that he used access to Manafort’s bank accounts to steal from him.

“In fact, you took money from Mr. Manafort himself?” Junghans asked.

“That’s correct,” Gates said.

“You just helped yourself from time to time without telling him?” the defense lawyer asked.

“Yes,” Gates said.

Gates’ tenure at the Trump campaign came up only briefly, at the tail end of Junghans’ questioning of the Republican operative about his misdeeds.

Asked what he did after working for Manafort’s consulting firm, Gates replied: “The next role I served in was under Mr. Manafort at the Donald J. Trump for President campaign.”

Junghans went on to question Gates about whether he’d ripped off Trump’s presidential bid by submitting false expenses.

“I don’t recall that I did,” Gates said. Asked whether he turned in fake expenses to the Trump inaugural committee, where he worked for a time, or other entities related to Trump’s campaign, Gates said, “No.”

Gates gave a somewhat different answer last year at Manafort’s trial. There, he said it was “possible” that he’d swindled the inaugural committee.

Given his admitted history of lies, Gates seemed to be trying to be meticulous about his statements on Thursday, even raising legal niceties when doing so may have made him seem less contrite.

“I don’t believe it was tax evasion,” Gates, who is not an attorney, said to Junghans at one point. “It was filing a false tax return.”

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson sided with Gates, leading to one of several instances on Thursday where she scolded Junghans in front of the jury.

“There are legal distinctions between the counts,” the judge said. “He’s allowed to answer your question as he understands it. If you’re going to quibble with him about matters of law, I don’t think that he should be testifying about matters of law or you should be testifying about matters of law.”

Gates — no longer sporting the beard he grew after his indictment — seemed earnest and subdued during his more than four hours on the stand Thursday. He smiled on only a few occasions and offered a joke only once. After telling Junghans that he would take her word for what was in a specific document, only to have her say moments later she was mistaken, Gates quipped: “Then, I won’t take your word for it.”

Junghans failed to see the humor. “You’re the one who knows whether you lied to the government of Ukraine or not,” she said gravely.

“Ask your next question rather than making comments,” Jackson interjected.

Gates has a lot riding on his testimony. As he acknowledged on the witness stand, Jackson — the same judge who was on the bench Thursday — will decide what sentence he eventually receives. In theory, he could get up to 10 years, but his plea agreement suggests that probation could be appropriate if his cooperation is deemed extensive.

If the case against Craig amounted to a swearing contest between him and Gates, Gates would almost surely lose. But several other witnesses have testified that having Craig contact Sanger was part of the plans circulated as release of the Ukraine report neared in the fall of 2012.

Manafort is not being called to testify by the prosecution. Prosecutors may have concluded that failing to call Manafort and Gates would leave their case too vulnerable to arguments that Craig lawyers hinted at in pre-trial hearings that key players in the saga were being hidden from the jury.

Craig is one of the most well-respected members of the Washington bar, whose career in public service began with registering African-American voters in the South during the civil rights movement half a century ago.

Craig attended Yale Law School, where he was in the same class as Bill and Hillary Clinton. He later served as general counsel to Sen. Ted Kennedy and in one of the most prestigious posts at the State Department under Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Gates got his start as an intern at the Washington political consulting and lobbying firm founded by Manafort and the veteran Republican operative Charlie Black. The firm was known for representing unsavory foreign leaders such as Zaire’s Mobutu Sese Seko and Angola’s Jonas Savimbi. Gates eventually became Manafort’s key deputy at a small spin-off firm, Davis Manafort.

Gates was thrust into public view in August 2017 when he and Manafort were indicted in the first case publicly brought by Mueller’s office. They were accused of conspiring to avoid registering for their Ukraine work, money laundering, making false statements and failing to report offshore bank accounts.

Gates initially vowed to fight the charges, but capitulated in February of last year, agreeing to plead guilty to conspiracy and lying to the FBI. In a bid for leniency, he became a prolific behind-the-scenes cooperator with Mueller’s team.

Gates’ public debut for Mueller came at Manafort’s trial in Virginia last August. He admitted that he and Manafort used millions of dollars in offshore bank accounts in Cyprus and the Caribbean to avoid U.S. taxes.

During the Virginia trial, Gates endured blistering cross-examination from Manafort’s attorneys, who even drew attention to Gates’ personal life, exposing that he’d had extramarital affairs.

At a pretrial hearing last month in Craig’s case, Jackson asked both sides whether they planned to explore this aspect of Gates’ past. Lawyers for the prosecution and defense both said no.

Gates was expected to be a crucial witness at a second trial for Manafort that was to take place in Washington following the Virginia one, but Manafort agreed to plead guilty in that case. He’s currently serving a combined sentence of about seven and a half years in prison stemming from both federal cases.

Both before and after his guilty pleas last year, Gates has been free on bond, living in Richmond, Va., and occasionally traveling with his family on court-approved trips. He is still awaiting sentencing on the two felony charges he admitted to.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: The Interview Of Patrick Byrne - Overstock, Peter Strzok & Maria Butina

First, this happened...

Cocktails & Popcorn: What Do Overstock, Maria Butina, FBI & Cryptocurrency Have In Common?

Then, this happened... shares tumble after CEO's cryptic comments about "Deep State"

Then this happened...
Then, Patrick fired up some top shelf trees, for medicinal purposes for his anxiety of this interview, sucked down a few shots of Japanese whiskey, and did this interview, where he paid handsomely for the interviewers to interview him because his Rabbi told him to do the interview because Peter Strzok told him to do Butina.

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Mother Nature Has Blessed The Earth In Completing The Cycle Of Life For David Koch - Uranium In Detroit

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David Koch.
Mother Nature has blessed the Earth in completing the cycle of life for David Koch.

I bet the Detroit Land Bank Authority is filing quiet titles as we speak.

I wonder how Hillary is going to fund her 2020 campaign, now.

I wonder if Rashida has any final words.

I heard rumors DTE is illegally burning downblended uranium residuals for super cheap electricity in the Monroe plant, the illegally transporting to Detroit, paying off the union to look the other way, the morbidly upcharging the customers, and asking Michigan for rate increases, and being granted, but hey, what do I know?

I know DTE has child welfare NGOs with childrens' trusts, that they are investing in overseas projects to expand their maximization of revenue because it is illegal to use the word "profit".

Koch Brothers: Billionaires Place 3-Story Pile Of Petroleum Coke in Detroit

David Koch, billionaire conservative activist and philanthropist, dies at 79

David Koch, billionaire conservative activist and philanthropist, has died.

He was 79. He and his brother, Charles, co-owned Koch Industries, a Nebraska-based energy and chemical company, since 1983. David stepped down from running the Koch organization last year due to declining health.

The Koch brothers helped to build a massive conservative network of donors for organizations that work to mobilize voters and sway elected officials in support of libertarian-leaning economic policies.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Psyoptic Of Michael Jackson - Stealin' Of Legacies - Do You Know Where The Congressional Black Servers Are?

Michael Jackson gave to the Congressional Black Caucus, but there is no record of what they did with the money?

Do you know where the Congressional Black Caucus servers are?

If you do, I would strongly encourage you to call DC Capitol Police, or the FBI if you are out in District for summer recess.

Not one penny went to any civil rights organizations, scholarships or children's charities he set up?

His legacy was attacked but not diminished.

It is an American tradition when it comes to stealin' legacies, under the law of the chattels.

If they can use child welfare NGOs for stealin' the children, the land and the votes, well, why not Raymone Bain?

She is calling for a boycott if HBO does not stop promoting its propaganda about Michael Jackson.

I know the Michael Jackson sex scandal strategically broke out at the same time of the largest settlement in U.S. history on copyright theft with the original writer of the Terminator.

We all knew it was a cover op because the media buried the story.

The ruling is, below.

Very few know of the fight of Works For Hire.

Raymone Bain's press conference reportedly centers around a mandate made by the late pop star in 2006, three years before his death. No further details have been released other than that the mandate has to do with preserving the controversial star's legacy.

As the Celestial Goddess of the Woodshed, I am calling this Operation Stealin' - #coloredrevolution for the following reasons:

  • The press conference was empty;
  • Michael Jackson has never used the african american label;
  • She advocated a boycott with no other organizational or individual support;
  • Jesse Jackson does not like me and I do not like Jesse Jackson;
  • The website is cheezy; 
  • The foundation has pictures of Haiti shacks and Sponsor a Child on the same page; 
  • It is registered in the UK; 
  • It is a foreign corporation, just like the foreign corporations that stole his money; 
  • Michael Jackson would never approve of anything this tacky; 
  • His family was not there; 
  • She used a cut out of Michael Jackson;
  • She dropped Trump's name;
  • She stated that Michael Jackson was working on bringing HIV drugs to Haiti and Africa, which is probably CHAI;
  • I smell Her Flatulent Boviness because she talked about how much he gave to the Congressional Black Caucus;
  • And Raymone Bain previously sued Michael Jackson's estate for $44,000,000 and lost.
For these reasons alone, I am calling this stealin'  and a #coloredrevolution.

Michael Jackson's Former Publicist Raymone Bain: There Was No Intervention

Raymone Bain, the former longtime publicist for Michael Jackson, has said there is no truth to rumors that have surfaced in the media since the pop star's death, claiming that members of the Jackson family staged a failed intervention for the pop star in 2007.

"It is not true," Raymone told Access Hollywood'sBilly Bush in a new interview.

Raymone, who filed suit against the King of Pop earlier this year for $44 million over claims he failed to pay her for her publicity services and more, said a meeting with the family took place in 2007, but it was business related.

"I recall in February, there was a meeting with Mr. Jackson and his sisters and brothers about a concert," she recounted. "There was a concert promoter who accompanied them there. That is the meeting that I… am aware of… I know nothing else about any other intervention."

Raymone also shot down rumors that Michael's family members – including his mother Katherine – were shut out of the pop star's life after the alleged intervention, telling Billy the family were always involved in Michael's life.

"During the time that I represented Michael Jackson, he had communications all of the time with his mother and his family," she said. "I don't know of a time when Michael Jackson did not have access to his mother — under my watch. I cannot speak for last year and prior to or after my tenure with Mr. Jackson. But I do know that he loved his mother, he loved his father, he loved his sisters and brothers unconditionally. And Mrs. Jackson and his family had access to Michael Jackson."

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Cocktails & Popcorn: August 22nd, 2019 Eptein Wasn't Just Dyncorp - He Was DynePort With Bill Gates -- Medicaid Fraud In Child Welfare Shall End

I know there is no #coloredrevolution they can conjure up to stop the heavens from falling, even if BiBi had all the recordings of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinski.

I also know we are about to finally end Medicaid Fraud in Child Welfare.


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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Cocktails & Popcorn: August 20th, 2019. More Epstein- Kissinger-Maxwell Connections - Otaiba, Blum, Sonnenfeldt, DWS - The #MeToo Girls & Humpty Dumpty

Rashida Tlaib and  Ilhan Omar, I like to so affectionately call them "The #MeToo Girls", seems to have Humpty Dumpty issues as well as issues of war crimes for how they got into office through a series of false claims in the public record, under the color of law, in the name of the lord, in a fraud scheme of gerrymandering, 

I shall send this to Rashida to see how long it takes until her next snot slobbing press conference.

#sayhisname, Rashida, #sayhisname.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Pence Came To Detroit To Cover Up The War Crimes Of Jeffrey Epstein - Detroit Land Bank Authority, Dan Gilbert, Mike Duggan, Children's Trust Funds & Skadden

Erica Ward Gerson
Board of Directors for the
Detroit Land Bank Authority
Former Chair of Detroit Economic Club
Mike Pence came to Detroit to say how great the economy is to the Detroit Economic Club.

While telling everyone about how great the economy is, Trump tweeted about cutting interest rates, contrary to what Pence was promulgating, which led me to the conclusion that Pence did not get the memo that the Detroit Economic Club is under an international investigation.

Here is everything you ever wanted to know about the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

Erica Ward Gerson sits on the Board for the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

From her DEC Bio:

Erica Ward Gerson is a corporate attorney by background and training, but she spent the early part of her career in the federal government and is now engaged full time in the non-profit sector. Erica graduated from Stanford University and the University of Michigan Law School, where she was Managing Editor of the Law Review. She initially joined a corporate firm in Washington, DC, but moved after only three years to the federal government.

She worked first for the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee and then moved to senior positions at the Department of Energy. From there, she joined the White House staff, where she was one of the four Deputy Directors of the Domestic Policy Staff, in charge of the Departments of Energy and Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency.

When she left the government, Erica joined the international law firm of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom, where she was a corporate and finance partner, specializing in transactions in the domestic and international energy and utility sectors. She retired in 2011 after 30 years with the firm, to become Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and a member of the Detroit Medical Center Board. In January 2014, Erica was appointed by Mayor Duggan as Chair of the Board of the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

According to Wikipedia, (Pence has put The Celestial Goddess of the Woodshed is in a jaundice mood)
  • 1985 — Skadden ranks as one of the U.S.'s three largest law firms.[8]
  • 1987 — The firm opens its first international office, in Tokyo.[8]
  • 1988 — The firm founds the Skadden Fellowship Foundation.[8] The foundation does not exist.
  • 2000 — Skadden's New York City headquarters moves to 4 Times Square, the "Condé Nast Building."[8]   
  • 2008 — With the City College of New York, the firm launches the Skadden, Arps Honors Program, to increase diversity in law schools and the legal profession.[11]
  • 2011 — Joseph Flom, the last living name partner, dies.[12]
  • 2014 — The firm opens its 23rd office, in Seoul.[13]
  • 2015 — Skadden becomes the first law firm to advise on more than $1 trillion worth of deals in a single year.[14]
  • 2019 — Skadden pays $4.6 million settlement to the Department of Justice over Skadden's failure to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agent Registrations Act.[15] Money laundering out of the Detroit Land Bank Authority because it never incorporated so it cannot file a FARA or even open up a bank account so it has to do it through fake child welfare trust funds from the law firm because it got the model for stealin' from #perkinscoiesucks. The $4.6 million represents Skadden's fees for up to 950 hours of work with Paul Manafort because Manafort was running those Corporate Shape Shifting operations through fake ass LLCs where the Detroit Land Bank Authority was running fake ass quiet title and mortgage fraud schemes, over, and over, and over again, running the money through fake ass foreign child welfare NGOs to run back into the U.S. to fund political campaigns. and the Ukrainian government in 2012, because Mike Duggan is the one who set up the Ukrainian fake ass child welfare NGO scams of laundering more money from more child welfare Medicaid fraud ops off children of "The Poors" from the fake ass quiet title and fake ass mortgage fraud scheme to set up TARP so they could have #perkinscoiesucks bring in dumb ass Bill Clinton as the spokestoken for the Detroit Land Bank Authority set up by "The Roach I Want To Stomp", Donna Shalala which Skadden had initially told the Department of Justice had been billed at 100 Ukrainian hryvnias ($13) per hour.[16] As of May 2019, Skadden, along with Mercury Public Affairs and the Podesta GroupWhich took on the money laundering of TARP through the Detroit Land Bank Authority portion of fake ass operations to run the money through the Michigan Democratic Party through my Sweetie's federal campaign, to the DNC, where Hillary just did her bundling thing and funded her 2016, and before, presidential campaign, and the campaigns of just about anyone else, like Carlyle Group, who wanted to run Medicaid fraud in child welfare dollars out the country, through Grand Rapids Spectrum Health, through AlphaBank, to fund GOP campaigns. have been under investigation by the Southern District of New York (SNDY) for possible lobbying violations regarding former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.[17]

Matthew Cullen
Rock Financial - M1

In addition, Cullen is president and chief operating officer of Rock Gaming LLC, a Midwest-based gaming partnership formed to bring first-class casino gaming to Ohio. Through a partnership with Caesars Entertainment, the group has developed unique urban casinos under the Horseshoe brand in Cleveland and Cincinnati. The companies are also developing an urban casino in downtown Baltimore, which is expected to open in 2014. The casino developments are designed to create thousands of jobs while increasing tourism and sparking additional investment in urban cores.

Cullen is also a director of Rock Gaming’s affiliate, Athens Acquisition, which acquired a majority interest in Detroit’s Greektown Casino-Hotel in April 2013.

He is a 29-year veteran of General Motors (GM), where he was general manager of economic development and enterprise services. In addition to coordinating economic development initiatives in the communities in which GM operates, he created a shared services organization and had responsibility for the corporation’s vast 450 million sq. ft. global real estate portfolio.

Cullen was chief architect of GM’s $500 million acquisition and development of the Renaissance Center as the automaker’s global headquarters. Since 2003 he has helped oversee the billion dollar redevelopment of the city’s international riverfront as the founding chairman of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, whose vision is to create more than five miles of contiguous public access and linked parks along the river.

In addition, Cullen is the chairman of Invest Detroit; vice chairman of the Downtown Detroit Partnership; and serves on the Detroit Zoological Society executive committee. He is also a board member of Bizdom, Detroit Regional Chamber, Hudson-Webber Foundation, St. Johns Health Foundation, and Tech Town, and a trustee of the College of Creative Studies and Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan. He has previously chaired the Metropolitan Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Parade Company and the Metropolitan Detroit YMCA, and retains current executive committee membership with all three organizations. For more than 10 years, Cullen served as the governor-appointed chairman of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) executive committee.

Cullen earned a degree in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy. He also completed the Senior Executive Program at Harvard University.

A native Detroiter, he resides with his wife Karen and their three sons in metro Detroit.

Wanna know a secret? Matt was trying to get an EB-5 program set up through Greektown Casinos.

Wanna know another secret? The members of the Detroit Economic Club are all co-conspirators of the Jeffrey Epstein case because it all started in Michigan, and operates out City of Detroit, Wayne County, State of Michigan, University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

Even Mike Pence participated in the gerrymandering of Michigan which resulted in the 2016 election interference investigation.

Mike Pence supports the death of Detroiters from these nefarious highly sophisticated, complex, financial fraud schemes of stealing the children, the land and the votes, just like they did to Russia.

Where is George Bush, for he was uber mean to my Sweetie, yet, can tell the world why the Russian investigation started.

Ben Carson is from Detroit.

Ben is the Director of HUD.

Ben is working with SIGTARP, DOJ, SEC and a myriad of other conjugal collaborations dealing with the Detroit Land Bank Authority SIGTARP, where Erica Ward Gerson just so happens to be the former Director for the Detroit Economic Club, which, of course, is under the scrutiny of the U.S. Treasury, Russia, and the international judicial community.

That is why I say Ben and Trump trolled Pence...really hard...I mean #EPIC hard troll, because Pence just got flagged, by The Celestial Goddess of the Woodshed as a co-conspirator.

I know Mike Pence shall be back in Detroit, just as soon as the grand juries in Grand Rapids and Detroit unseal, unless Trump decides to expedite justice by stop obstructing justice and pull that IG Report from his backpocket.

Oh, the excitement!


Pence tells Detroit the economy is riding high as Trump tweets about interest rates

Vice President Mike Pence gave one of those “you’ve-never-had-it-so-good” speeches to the Detroit Economic Club on Monday just after his boss went on a tweet storm about interest rates.

Minutes before Pence took the stage at Motor City Casino, President Donald Trump  tweeted a call for massive interest rate cuts from the Federal Reserve, the overseer of the nation’s money supply. He also bashed his own appointed Fed chair, Jerome Powell, in some of his harshest language to date, deploring Powell’s “horrendous lack of vision.”

In the tweets Trump called for the Fed to slash interest rates by “at least 100 basis points” or 1 percentage point, a far bigger cut than the Fed is likely to approve.

But when the tweets cleared, Pence,  as expected,  delivered upbeat economic bromides of the kind that will form the elixir of the Trump reelection effort in 2020.

Pence's message to  300 Detroit Economic Club members and guests, in short, was that the economy was in dire straits before Trump became president but now is riding high, and will continue to do so as long as voters don't turn to what he termed Democratic socialists.

A practiced speech maker, Pence's delivery was strong but every one of his lines will be contested by the other side.

"President Donald Trump delivered, and the American economy is booming," Pence said. He peppered his 25-minute speech with variations on that theme.

Among those: “The American dream is working again for every American. The forgotten men and women of America are forgotten no more." And "We're gonna keep doing what we're doing 'cause it's working for Americans." And, "It's about trade and jobs and tax cuts ... and the results have been nothing short of remarkable."

Along the way, Pence offered a lot of the most reliable conservative chestnuts about his Democratic opponents: “socialized medicine,” "open borders" and “siren song of socialism.”

Summing it up, he said, "I leave here today with confidence that we will continue to strengthen the greatest economy in the world."

Pence’s audience was a friendly crowd but not a campaign-rally crowd. The applause was frequent but polite, and lots of people headed for the exits even as Pence was still shaking hands with front-row audience members.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to the Detroit Economic Club on Monday, August 19, 2019 at the Motor City Casino Sound Board.
Vice President Mike Pence speaks to the Detroit Economic Club on Monday, August 19, 2019 at the Motor City Casino Sound Board. (Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press)

In a break with Economic Club tradition, Pence neither held a news conference nor took questions from the audience.

And the Economic Club took precautions to ensure no repeat of protests from the audience that marked candidate Trump's appearance in 2016, when several anti-Trump protesters, including now-Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, were yanked kicking and screaming from the room. The club did not allow public ticket sales and took no last-minute new member sales.

This financial speculation of the City of Detroit publication was generated to finalize the decision by the Governor of Michigan to make a judicial determination of the fake ass bankruptcy for Detroit, where the Detroit Land Bank Authority was a creditor, was written by Erica, who sits on the board for the Detroit Land Bank Community Development Corporation and that fake ass Detroit Land Bank Authority that does not exist because Bill *Smooches* Schuette took me to court to dissolve my LLC, filed with the State of Michigan, LARA.

I thought it only proper to include it since Ben and Trump failed to give Pence the Detroit memo.
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