Saturday, September 23, 2017

CONYERS: Top Democrats Ask Equifax, TransUnion, & Experian: Will Restore Consumers Rights In The Wake Of The Equifax Data Breach?


September 21, 2017 (Washington, DC) – Following the Equifax data breach of 143 million Americans’ personal information, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI), and Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (D-GA), wrote to the three main credit rating agencies—Equifax,TransUnion, and Experian—to hear whether these companies will continue to include forced arbitration clauses in their terms of service or end their campaign against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rule to restore consumers’ day in court.

They wrote:

“The economic security of nearly half of all Americans has been jeopardized because Equifax’s failure to safeguard our most sensitive information, which is now in the hands of criminals. Making matters worse, many of those affected by this massive security breach are unsure whether they even have legal recourse because of your company’s use of forced arbitration clauses. Although Equifax has revised its policy in response to public outcry, this limited change is simply not enough given the systemic nature of this problem and the scope of the lives affected. We therefore request information concerning your plans to revise your terms of service and stance on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration rule to restore consumers’ day in court.”

The CFPB arbitration rule includes important safeguards for consumers against forced arbitration, a practice that routinely allows corporate entities to avoid class-action lawsuits by burying legal language in the fine print of contracts that require consumers to waive their right to court.

A Republican measure to repeal that rule, supported by all three credit rating agencies, passed in the House of Representatives in July on a nearly-straight party-line vote. It is currently pending in the Senate.

The House Democrats denounced the three credit agencies for their opposition to the forced arbitration rule, writing, “Rather than support this commonsense protection, your company and others like it have reportedly campaigned against it, spending millions in campaign contributions and other efforts to undermine both the rule and the CFPB. Now is the time to demonstrate your respect for the rights of your customers, not undermine them.”



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Modern Day Child Slave Ads In Michigan: Forever Homes

For just a few moments, allow me to take you back in time to when children were openly sold in the papers.

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Imagine sitting at the table, having a morning cafe, reading the daily newspaper to come across this ad for the sale of a child, only to realize that it is your own child who was legally kidnapped  from your arms because of your economic status in society, otherwise known as being a member of "The Poors" (always said with clinched teeth).

During the pre-Emancipation Proclamation period, there was a strong possibility that you could not read, nor were afforded the opportunity to have a morning cafe, due to the prerequisites of having to work for your life in the fields, the factories and other mandatory servant functions of a household.

You would not be able to see the advertisement of your child being sold, nor were you able to stop then from taking your child in the first place, for no other reason than for who you were, and, in this period of time, conditioned to your station in life as a slave, your forever home.

Now, fast forward to today.


You pull out your mobile phone, check your Facebook and see your child being sold...because you were poor, and, just because this is Michigan and the child placing agency was Orchards Childrens Services, I am going to put it out there that your parental rights were terminated based on fraudulent filings upon the court and your child was drugged to stop the pain and tears of never seeing his family again, due to the rampant fraud in child welfare, oh, and the fact that the Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will not do a damn thing about it.

Yes, this is exactly what happened to the father of Anthony when he checked his Facebook and sipped his morning coffee.



This is the modern day child slave trade, a federally funded, privatized, multi-billion dollar industry for the States, where fraud flourishes and no one finds anything wrong with selling tiny humans or the fact that there are no civil rights in child welfare for the parents, just because they are poor and child welfare workers have the legal right to lie to achieve the successful transaction of placing a child in a forever home.

Well, as we all know, in modern times, we, as a nation, are so much more compassionate, and, albeit, much more  sophisticated, that we no longer sell children, we charge fees and issue tax incentives.

This is why, in modern times, instead of the term 'slavery', the term 'human trafficking' is much more appropriate, because selling chattel, in modern times, if the oldest form of survival.

I truly hope I have brought a bit of sunshine into the lives of modern day child human traffickers.

Finding Anthony his Forever Home

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- FOX 17 continues our Forever Home series to help kids living in Michigan foster care find loving adoptive families.

 Anthony, 11, clipped into his climbing gear at Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park. Then one step at a time, looking straight ahead, he conquered his fear of heights. And his favorite part?

The zipline. "It was fun!" he said. Then he quickly offered advice for anyone else who's afraid of heights: "Just whatever you do, don't look at the ground."

 Anthony dreams big in school.

He's enjoying the fifth grade and shared the latest he learned about photosynthesis in his favorite subject, science. 

Playing outdoors, cards and video games are some of his favorite hobbies. "Terrarium," he said is one of his favorite video games, "it's pretty much a building strategy game."

 But for Anthony, the biggest dreams come when he thinks about family. "So I wouldn't be lonely," he said.

 And he imagined what a day well spent with his future forever family would look like: "Going to a card shop, going to play games, and Pokemon,"

Anthony said. And then, his greatest hope for the year ahead Anthony said is "to get a new family."

 If you would like to learn more about Anthony and the adoption process, please call his adoption agency Orchards Children's Services at: 1-(855)-694-7301. FOX 17's

Forever Home series has helped 95 percent of the children featured to be adopted or in the process of being adopted, according to OCS. FOX 17 would like to send a huge thank you to Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park for an awesome filming experience!

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Center For American Progress Detroit Child Care Desert Study Sucks

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Center for American Progress Sucks
Ahhhhh, the good ole think tank-hedge fund, Center for American Progress, in conjunction with the Clinton Foundation, the very same think tank that was conjured up to pump social media propaganda to implement their privatization agenda through social impact bonds, which are part of the federal investigations, and just so happens to be registered as a charity in the State of Michigan as "Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation",

TRANSLATION:  THE STUDY OF THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS SUCKS

Here is the link for the interactive study for Michigan and child care deserts.

This study was made really pretty, with lots of stratified, interactive data, to make it look really cool, so where is the meat?

Here it is:  This study is the launch of an entire strategic plan of land redevelopment because it always starts with the children.

Anything dealing with child policy is never vetted, as no one would ever do anything to harm a child, but I best there is a riveting scheme to maximize revenues implementing privatized human service programs in the assailing of education, property and industry.

Consider this study as a high quality geodemographic mining to create predictive modeling on the "best interests of the child", or rather how they can profit from this same targeted population, "The Poors, (always said with clinched teeth).

International investors are already locked and loaded in the so-called children's trust funds.

So, why is Detroit a "child care desert"?

A child care desert is just CAP's way of calling poor people poor without having to say the word poverty.

 I like my term, "The Poors", better.

Or, perhaps it is just a new term for gerrymandering political districts.

Well, for starters, Michigan, the last time I checked, only pays $2.51 an hour for daycare, which means, unless the caregiver operating at maximum capacity, they probably are still eligible for SNAP benefits.

Next, child care is for those who work, and since the jobs are at slave wages, with out of control auto insurance, someone is taking the bus to work, far away, because there are no jobs in the neighborhoods.

Then there are the homeless, whose children are eventually processed through foster care programs, which makes Detroit's children a targeted population to fraudulently bill federal programs like Medicaid, Targeted Case Management.

Foster care also is a form of child care, but, of course, the study failed to mention the number of foster care homes, residential institutions and group homes.

Last but not least to consider is that Detroit has, the last time I checked, the highest rates of cognitive and psychological developmental disabilities in the world, which means these child caregivers are not trained, qualified, nor get paid enough to take care of special needs children.

So, this is why these predictive modeling studies are popping up in Detroit, for the strict purposes of redesigning a geopolitical region, to garner the best interests of the child, through social impact bonds, of course.

This entire CAP study could have easily been conducted using economic indicators of poverty, a policy study of why the population of "The Poors" is exponentially expanding, with new members everyday, who are losing their homes to public corruption, but if they did that, who would invest in their children's trust funds?

Detroit is ripe for the pickings to maximize revenues through fraudulent federal funding of privatized initiatives and the plan to make Detroit a child care desert was intentional.

Bankole: Detroit is now tagged as  ‘child care desert’

Any discussion on Detroit’s future is undoubtedly incomplete without examining the amenities, experiences and challenges of the city’s youngest population — children as young as 5 or under — who deserve to be well cared for.

 Children are crucial to repopulating a city like ours with a declining population, more so when families are usually drawn to cities that place top priority on the young population, creating the environment that promotes their safety, healthy growth and well-being.

 But a new report released in late August by liberal think tank Center for American Progress (CAP), has labeled Detroit a “child care desert,” which simply means that it is a city with very limited or no licensed care service for kids. CAP estimates 59 percent of children under five reside in neighborhoods with a scarcity of childcare providers.

 “The supply of licensed child care is pretty low in all parts of Detroit, with the exception being downtown and Midtown. Of course, those are areas where there are few families, so perhaps that’s not surprising,” said Rasheed Malik, one of the authors of the report.

“Our estimate is that 29,040 children under five live in Detroit’s child care deserts.” And which areas specifically are most affected by the lack of child care?

 “Southwest and Mexicantown have a lot of kids and very few child care providers. This may be the area with the lowest supply relative to the child population.

The areas north of Hamtramck (NorHam, Grixdale, Davison, Pershing) are also heavily populated with families but have nowhere near enough child care options,” Malik said.

“Another trouble area is in the northeast part of Detroit (Denby, Burbank, Mount Olivet).” The ramification of this report is far reaching hence it raises serious questions about the ability of children in the mentioned areas to perform well in school and escape the poverty net.

 “Early childhood is a critical period for brain development, and when we don’t provide healthy and stimulating environments for young kids to learn they can have trouble when they enter public school,” Malik said.

“Even when young children are playing, they are learning how to interact with learning environments.

So even the little things have big impacts later in childhood and even adulthood.

Things like literacy, language, and early math skills have their roots in the kind of active play learning environments that quality child care curricula prioritize.” He added: “Without quality child care options, many families in child care deserts are forced to make less than ideal choices about child care so that they can go to work and provide for their families.

It would not surprise me if the city and state’s underinvestment in child care has played a part in the challenges that many children face when they get into Detroit’s public schools.” Asked if the CAP study looked at any significant steps Detroit has taken to address this issue, Malik said it remains to be seen.

 “I’m not aware of any child care policy choices that the city of Detroit has made on child care. I know that they have some pre-kindergarten slots and they also sponsor some Head Start classrooms, which is great,” Malik said.

“But the need far outstrips the supply. When it comes to child care, Michigan has been investing more under Gov. Snyder than in previous years, but not nearly enough from our point of view. The Great Start Readiness Program is a step in the right direction, but the overall public investment is just too low.”

 And when it comes to child care assistance, he described the state as having “one of the stingiest in the nation. Child care assistance is only available to the poorest families, and it doesn’t cover much of the cost, only reimbursing providers $3.25 an hour for three-year-olds.”

 One of the promises Mayor Mike Duggan made four years ago while running for mayor was increasing the city’s population. Four years later, that has not happened.

It will be difficult to see through that promise if Detroit continues down the road of limited care for children being raised in the city.

 Let’s face it.

Why would any family want to move into the city if they cannot be guaranteed child care services in neighborhoods?

 Families who reside in the areas highlighted in the CAP study need help now because the absence of childcare in their communities is directly tied to the educational success of their children.

 It takes no rocket science to figure out that an environment greatly impacts a child’s future, and if many Detroit kids are barely graduating from high school, we need to look at the root causes and begin to address them.

And the lack of adequate childcare would be among the culprits for the poor performance of some kids in school while their suburban counterparts would be expected to excel because childcare in their communities is never an issue.

 This report should remind the drivers of the city’s comeback that the road to recovery is long; Detroit’s compounding issues did not just start overnight.

Yet, every administration that comes and goes presents a laundry list of things it wants to accomplish.
This time around, the nurturing and safety of Detroit’s children should come first on that list.

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Gates Foundation Partners With The Clinton Foundation In Child Welfare Trust Fund Fraud

Image result for gates foundationIt seems the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced its partnership with the Clinton Foundation in another child welfare fraud scheme through trust funds.

Trust funds, you remember how those pesky child welfare trust funds were always one of my pet peeves.

Well, if you do not remember my ire about these children's trust funds, allow me to refresh your memories with one of my previous rants on how the U.S. DOJ, IRS & SEC does not do crap when it comes to child welfare trust funds.


For those who do not have the curiosity to follow the previous link for a bit of background information on children trust funds, allow me to sum it up in a nutshell:

Through privatization, a complex scheme to implement socio-economic policy for "The Poors" (always said with clinched teeth) by a bunch of former and current governmental officials who use their public office to invest in social impact bonds,to go from pig farmers to millionaires, overnight, which is funded through the billing....fraudulent billing...of Social Security programs, like education, Medicaid, SCHIP, to set up programs which end up ripping off property, property taxes, to take over a geopolitical location, to set up their own cheap labor corporations.

I bet there are some who are saying that that was just a mouthful!

This is the international model, which, as the article clearly maps that these regions are located, and many surrounded, by major water ship lines, like U.S. Navy-ly desired locations to set up military industrial complex operations.

But, what about the children?

Of course, they will get a few crumbs, be taught the trade of slave labor, and if lucky, will be able to move up the socioeconomic ladder to have a successful career as a victim of human trafficking, oops, I mean international adoptions.

The main item which triggered me into a rage of Post Traumatic Stress, is because I know, as an original source, the level of fraud in these trust funds.

The Children's Investment Fund Foundation, with its hedge fund, the Children's Investment Management, handling the $5 billion fund, is a front for nefarious property acquisition schemes and they are the "hands and feet" of the Clinton Foundation.


Plus, considering the fact that I know the Gates & Clinton Foundation Filings are so jacked that they may not be in operation, in the not so distant future.

I am waiting for the Detroit model to be launched, because the States have children's trust funds, too.

Gates Foundation Pledges $220 Million for Women, Children, Adolescents


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced commitments totaling $220 million in support of efforts to empower women and save the lives of thirty-eight million women, children, and adolescents by 2030.

Announced on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly meeting, the commitments include a $200 million pledge to the World Bank's Global Financing Facility Trust Fund in support of the UN's Every Woman Every Child initiative, launched in 2010 to address the major health challenges women, children, and adolescents face. With the goal of expanding the financing facility to fifty countries over the next five years, the fund aims to raise $2 billion to help close the estimated funding gap of $33 billion a year. Each dollar invested in the GFF Trust Fund leverages domestic government resources, financing from the World Bank's International Development Association and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, aligned external financing, and private-sector resources. To date, eleven projects supported by $307 million in GFF Trust Fund grants and linked to $1.8 billion in IDA/IBRD financing have been approved.

"The world has made historic progress against global poverty and disease, but that progress is in jeopardy," said Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Gates Foundation, which is a member of the investors group overseeing GFF. "Investing in women and children's health is critical to lifting the world's poorest out of poverty, and the Global Financing Facility offers an innovative blueprint to make financing health more effective."

At the Gates Foundation's inaugural "Goalkeepers" event this week, held in New York City following the release of its report on the Sustainable Development Goals, the Gates Foundation also announced a $20 million commitment to strengthen local grassroots women's groups and women's movements. The grants will support organizations including Mama Cash and the Prospera network, which sub-grant to grassroots women's groups across the Global South and help build strategic alliances; targeted campaigns to advance the SDGs and amplifying local women's voices in the process; online and offline platforms, including the Change.org Foundation and the Amref Advocacy Accelerator; and research to deepen understanding of the impact of movements and strengthen the investment case.

Other commitments announced at the event include an effort led by Last Mile Health to support the development and expansion of national community health worker programs through online platforms; an effort involving the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to expand access to digital financial services for the world's poorest; and the Power of Nutrition, a platform founded by the Children's Investment Fund Foundation and others to multiply contributions to provide millions of children with high-impact nutrition interventions, which plans to expand into Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, India, and Madagascar.

"We are at a defining moment in the history of global development where we can either collectively show resolve and get the job done, or turn our backs on human suffering and inequity," said Bill Gates, co-chair of the Gates Foundation. "I believe when people know about the progress we've already made, they'll be inspired to finish the job."

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CONYERS: CBC Foundation Judiciary Braintrust: Voting Engaging Activism Beyond The Ballot Box

The continuing attacks on voting rights has evolved new voter suppression strategies that will require novel strategies to protect African-American political interests.

This forum will assemble voices from across the community spectrum to explore issue development and coalition building for greater activism from the local to federal level.


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CONYERS: CBC Foundation Braintrust - Haiti: Empowerment Beyond Our Borders

This issue forum will focus on efforts to support and build the Haitian economy and community with an emphasis on housing, education, and economic development.

This panel will feature experts from the non-governmental organizations, the advocacy community, the U.S. government, and the Government of Haiti.


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CONYERS: CBC Foundation Judiciary Braintrust: Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform - Making America Accountable for Black Lives Recent events demonstrate that racial profiling remains a divisive issue that strikes at the very foundation of our democracy.

The issues of race and reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct are so closely linked in law enforcement practices that profiling has an impact on virtually every area of criminal justice policy.

From the prison pipeline to clemency and over-criminalization, race has a continuing impact on policy development in the criminal justice system.

This panel features experts from the judiciary, law enforcement, and the advocacy community to provide an overview of the continuing challenges in juvenile justice, drug and sentencing policy  reform efforts.


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International Day Of Peace - 2017

September 21, 2017 is designated as the International Day of Peace.

As only fitting, I shall republish this piece I did quite some time ago in hopes people will stop the violence, make peace within themselves, and move on.


Monday, January 17, 2011


A Day of Peace

In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and in honor of the gentle spirit who authored this legislation, John Conyers, Jr., I present this piece, again, to pray for all to recognize that we, as humans, are many in body, but may only become united under the universal care for the peaceful health of society.

The issues surrounding unruly town hall meetings and angry mobs were addressed over 200 years ago in the Federalist Papers, specifically #9, Hamilton and #10 Madison.

Hamilton #9The utility of a Confederacy, as well to suppress faction and to guard the internal tranquillity of States, as to increase their external force and security, is in reality not a new idea. It has been practiced upon in different countries and ages, and has received the sanction of the most approved writers on the subject of politics.

What Hamilton basically says is that an insurgent faction disrupts consolidation and consensus of groups, better known as a republic. This idea was expounded and refined in Madison #10.

Madison identified the "inner tranquility" of the consolidation and consensus of groups as the "majority".  He further spoke of the futility of non-peaceful protests as they disregarded established legislative processes, having elected government representatives.

"Men of factious tempers, of local prejudices, or of sinister designs, may, by intrigue, by corruption, or by other means, first obtain the suffrages, and then betray the interests, of the people."

Historically, civil disobedience only works when functioning under the policy of peace. These protests are not peaceful in language or activities, an early presentation of failure of the insurgence.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise therof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.The Bill of Rights: First Amendment

The key word is "peace". Once this tenet of the First Amendment is violated, peace, the government is empowered to protect the people, pursuant to the General Welfare Clause in the U.S. Constitution. The following is an excerpt of Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States, called the General Welfare Clause:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

Violence, be it verbal, emotional, physical, or economic, becomes grounds for government intervention, or rather the calling of the police to maintain the peace. When this happens you have an insurrection, pursuant to the General Welfare Clause. Under this light, health care as commerce, or rather Universal Health Care, is seen as a "provision for the common defense social disease, meaning maintainability of individual and social health, becoming interchangeable with the temporal terminology of General Welfare.

Quintessentially, Universal Health Care is one in the same with the Common Defense and General Welfare of the people of the United States of America. Here is a visual model for greater understanding:

Universal = Common

Health = Defense

Care = General Welfare

There is a lack of organization and understanding, as the insurrections constantly demonstrate a significant failure in mastering a rudimentary education of the social mobilization.

Peace.


Learn more: BEVERLY TRAN: A Day of Peace http://beverlytran.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-of-peace.html#ixzz4KwfFU02f
Stop Medicaid Fraud in Child Welfare 


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Stay Tuned With Preet Bharara

My Pretty Preet has a show!!!! 

 Listen to it, because I said so.     http://www.wnyc.org/shows/preetbharara

Former U.S. Attorney General of SDNY"Pretty" Preet Bharara
He was the U.S. Attorney, and he took on the worst criminals in the world — Somali Pirates, Russian spies, organized gangsters and Wall Street scofflaws.

Then Vladimir Putin banned him from Russia, and Donald Trump fired him from his job. So what does Preet Bharara do now?

He launches his new podcast with CAFE, and takes it to #1 on Apple Podcasts, that's what.

I’m Preet Bharara, and I used to have the greatest job in America.

I was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, working with the most effective and honorable public servants I’ve ever known. My office took on the worst criminals our country (and the world) had to offer – from Somali Pirates to corrupt politicians to Russian spies, and more. Gangsters hated us; Wall Street tricksters feared us; the Russian government banned me from their country. Life was good. Every day when I went to work, I thought about the responsibility I had to pursue truth and justice, and I tried my best to do the right thing. It was a pretty great gig and I never wanted it to end.

Then, a few months into Donald Trump’s tenure as President, I was fired.

Being unceremoniously thrown out of a job you love will make you think, and ever since I left my office in Manhattan, I’ve had a lot of time to consider where this country is headed and what that new direction means for the issues of justice, opportunity, and liberty that have always been at the core of my professional career. How will new prosecution guidelines affect people convicted of drug crimes? What does the increased visibility of white supremacists mean for civil rights? At a moment when Americans are more pessimistic about their leadership than at any time in recent memory, can the ideals of American justice that I fought for endure?

I’ve had conversations about those issues with friends and on television, and even on Twitter. But there’s only so much nuance and detail that can come through in 140 characters – and if you really want to get to the bottom of important issues facing our country, you need to be able to dig into those ideas with people who know what they’re talking about. That’s why I started a podcast: to discuss the news of the day, to explain some of the legal challenges being raised, and to think about questions that I’ve wrestled with my entire life – questions that are more important today than ever before.

For those who expect every episode to be a takedown of the current President, I’m sorry to disappoint you. Although we’ll certainly talk about current events – and no topic will be off-limits – this podcast isn’t about settling scores or taking potshots. The questions I want to discuss are bigger than that. They’re about who we are as a nation, and as a people. They’re about what our country represents and how we succeed and fall short. And they’re about where we go from here.

These are the ideas and questions that I wrestle with and that have real-world implications for millions of people across the country. That’s what I’ll be talking about on my podcast with some of the smartest and most interesting people in America.

This week’s episode includes an interview with Leon Panetta – a former White House Chief of Staff, former Secretary of Defense, and former Director of the CIA. We discussed the arc of civil rights, the conflict between good politics and bad policy, and whether public servants should fight battles from the inside or the outside. We even talked a little bit about those Russian spies.



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Thursday, September 21, 2017

CONYERS: CBC Foundation Legislative Conference On Jobs

Jobs, Justice, Peace.



Conyers speaks on Martin Luther King, Jr., how Coretta Scott King continued his work in jobs initiatives, and the need for the Federal Reserve to create jobs.


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Kids For Cash Did Not Have The Opportunity To Make A Plea

Boy, some people have all the nerve.

The kids he sent to his buddy's juvenile delinquent facility did not get the opportunity to make a plea for freedom, particularly when they were being drugged and tortured.

One youth even committed suicide, and he thinks he can plea his way to release?

I wonder how many parents had their parental rights terminated, and their children adopted out because of his greed.

Kids for Cash judge makes plea for freedom

A federal judge held a hearing Thursday on the latest appeal of ex-Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., who is serving a 28-year prison term for his convictions in the 'Kids for Cash' scandal.

Prosecutors said Ciavarella and fellow county Judge Michael Conahan received nearly $3 million in kickback payments from developers of private developers of juvenile detention centers and improperly channeled juvenile offenders to those centers, often without appointing attorneys to represent the youths.

Ciavarella, who is trying to void a 28-year federal prison term that he contends is essentially a life sentence, is arguing that his original lawyer's failure to try to invoke a statute of limitations claim was fatal to his defense at trial.

During Thursday's hearing, prosecutors, including Assistant U.S. Attorney William Houser, challenged that assertion. They argued that Ciavarella's convictions were valid because he committed crimes, including the filing of false financial reports, that fell within the statute of limitations.
The focus was on Ciavarella's conviction on an honest wire services mail fraud charge tied to his receipt in 2003 of a $997,600 "finder's fee" for assistance in building a juvenile detention center in his county.

Wilson argued that the statute of limitations should have barred prosecutors from charging Ciavarella for any offenses that supposedly occurred before September 2004.

She asked Ciavarella's trial lawyer, Al Flora, if the statute of limitations argument could have been raised at trial without undercutting the defense's main contention that the judge had not committed any crime.

"That is not inconsistent with arguing that there were no bribes or kickbacks," Flora replied.
Conner told prosecutors to provide written post-hearing arguments on the statute of limitations issue and the matter of, "Am I constrained to find the trial counsel's performance was defective?" Also, they are to address whether the defense's failure to use a statute of limitations defense likely altered the trial's outcome.

Conner told Wilson to address prosecution claims that Ciavarella committed crimes related to the 2003 finder's fee - such as filing allegedly false financial interest reports - that did fall within the statute of limitations.

Ciavarella has already won one round on appeal. The U.S. Court of Appeals vacated one of his mail fraud convictions on statute of limitations grounds in 2013, but left his overall sentence intact.


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CONYERS: CBC Foundation Legislative Conference On Medicare For All

Because #Obamacare Alone Isn’t Enough.


#MedicareForAll

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Meet Judge Daniel Cahill: Kansas Has A "Kids For Cash" Scheme Going On

Recently, one of my fans posed this question to me:
Kansas 29th District Court Judge
Daniel Cahill,
Presiding over child welfare cases

How can a judge sit on a contractors panel ???

With the swiftness of godspeed, I retorted,

Just ask Maura Corrigan!

Just in case you are not familiar with the "Kids For Cash" scandal where former Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Judge Mark Ciavarella, Jr. was busted sending kids to his buddy's, Robert Mercie, the builder of PA Child Care private juvenile detention facility,  for any reason he could conjure up, like, not liking the way a kid looked, and, in return, where he took kiddie kickbacks, well, I though I would remind you.

Now, why would I bring up such an horrific memory of children being tortured for profit in the privatized child welfare, well, it is because I want the world to remember the legacy of Madame Maura Corrigan (said, always in a high British accent).

See, "The Madame" was the one who put together that Pew Foster Care Research Group which promoted the act of judicial lobbying, whereby judges would sit on the boards of child welfare organizations to "maximize their revenues".

Kansas pushed a bill against judicial lobbying, but, of course, it was crushed.

Taken from the embedded document, below, my fan raised serious concerns with the veracity of the quote:
"Cahill’s dedication to children and families runs deep. Each December he serves on the judges’ panel at the KVC Resource Family Conference and explains to foster and adoptive families the whys and hows behind some of his decisions."
"He has NEVER ruled in favor of a single solitary NATURAL parent." stated my fan.

"There is no money in it.", I said.

So, that leaves us to identify, or rather unearth, as judges are typically not mandated to disclose campaign finances and personal business ventures, his financial activities.

Well, according to State of Kansas Secretary of State, Governmental Ethics Commission, Cahill has not filed any reports on his campaign finance since 2008.

But hey, what does the Office of the Governor know....or care?

09/23/2008CAHILL DANIEL 12342 Donahoo RD 
Kansas City 66109
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07/24/2008CAHILL DANIEL 12342 Donahoo RD 
Kansas City 66109
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03/09/2016CAHILL DANIEL 
APPOINTMENT OF TREASURER

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03/02/2016CAHILL DANIEL 
FAILURE TO FILE NOTIFICATION

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11/10/2009CAHILL DANIEL 
MATERIAL ERROR OR OMISSION

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10/27/2008CAHILL DANIEL 
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT

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10/27/2008CAHILL DANIEL 
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT

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10/27/2008CAHILL DANIEL 
CAMPAIGN FINANCE AMENDMENT

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09/03/2008CAHILL DANIEL 
MATERIAL ERROR OR OMISSION

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07/28/2008CAHILL DANIEL 
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT

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07/28/2008CAHILL DANIEL 
CAMPAIGN FINANCE AMENDMENT

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02/08/2008CAHILL DANIEL 
APPOINTMENT OF TREASURER

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10/25/2004CAHILL DANIEL 
TERMINATION STATEMENT

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10/01/2004CAHILL DANIEL 
MATERIAL ERROR OR OMISSION

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07/26/2004CAHILL DANIEL 
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT

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05/13/2004CAHILL DANIEL 
APPOINTMENT OF TREASURER

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Stay tuned because I smell a Kansas "Kids For Cash" fraud scheme of someone trying to slime his way into a federal appointment....which shall never happen.

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